Cause of death for man found on Kansas City sidewalk unknown; police suspect homicide

Kansas City police are investigating after a 30-year-old man was found dead on a sidewalk early Thursday.

The man’s body was found about 5:45 a.m. near 63rd Street and South Benton Avenue, which is just east of Bruce R. Watkins Drive.

The victim was identified by police on Friday as Marcus Warren, a Kansas City resident.

The cause of death is unknown, police said, but they were investigating it as a homicide.

Anyone with information about the man’s death is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission recently increased the reward offered for tips in Kansas City homicides to $25,000.

If the man’s death is determined to be a homicide, it would be the 74th homicide this year in Kansas City.

Reporter Kaitlyn Schwers contributed to this report.

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