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Manhunt for KC homicide suspect caused lock down of 2 towns in north central Kansas

Zachary Barnes, 24, of Kansas City, was being sought Thursday by police in both Belleville, Kan. and Concordia, Kan.
Zachary Barnes, 24, of Kansas City, was being sought Thursday by police in both Belleville, Kan. and Concordia, Kan.

A man reportedly suspected of murder in the Kansas City area remains at large after a manhunt in north central Kansas led to two towns being placed on lock down.

Zachary Barnes was being sought Thursday afternoon by police in both Belleville, Kan. and Concordia, Kan.

According to the Republic County Sheriff’s Office, Barnes is wanted in connection with a homicide in the Kansas City area. He is considered possibly armed and dangerous, authorities said.

Barnes, 24, of Kansas City, is described as white, 5-foot-7, 160 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

Earlier Thursday, sheriff’s deputies went to a home in Scandia, Kan. to arrest Barnes on a murder warrant, but he fled to Belleville, Kan., Republic County authorities said.

Officers surrounded a home there they believed Barnes was holed up in with a woman, but he was not inside the residence.

Police believe Barnes fled to neighboring Concordia, Kan. He was still at large Thursday evening.

Several schools and public agencies in Belleville, Kan. and Concordia, Kan. were placed on lock down during the search for Barnes, authorities said.

Republic County, Kan. sheriff’s deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers aided in the manhunt.

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter

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