A body found last week inside a burning car following a crash into a line of trees has been identified as Jacob T. Loethen, 20, of Olathe.
Emergency crews found Loethen’s body about 2:40 p.m. Jan. 23 when they responded to a car fire in a tree line west of 133rd and Greenwood streets.
Firefighters arriving on the scene reported that the car was engulfed in flames. Once firefighters extinguished the blaze, Loethen’s body was found inside.
A preliminary investigation indicates that the car was traveling west on 133rd Street at high speeds. The car left the road and struck an object in the line of trees, causing it to catch fire.
Olathe police continue to investigate the crash and ask anyone with information to call the department at 913-971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).