Pedestrian’s death has turned into homicide investigation in Kansas City

What was initially thought to be a crash involving a pedestrian has turned into a homicide investigation, Kansas City police said Monday.

Officers responded shortly after 12:30 a.m. Monday to the area of Interstate 49 and Red Bridge Road on reports of an accident involving a pedestrian.

Police have identified the victim as Elliott Herring, 29. Authorities have not released the cause of death.

Arriving officers found Herring with unknown injuries close to a vehicle on the shoulder near the exit ramp to Red Bridge, according to Sgt. Jacob Becchina, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department.

Emergency medical personnel responded to the area and pronounced the man deceased at the scene.

Based on evidence found at the scene, investigators believe the circumstances surrounding the man’s death are suspicious. A homicide investigation is underway, Becchina said.

Police did not release what makes them believe the man’s death is suspicious.

The exit ramp to Red Bridge will remain closed until about 9 a.m. while crime scene investigators collect evidence.

If the man’s death is eventually ruled a homicide, it would be Kansas City’s 91st homicide of the year.

Anyone who saw anything out of the ordinary or has information about the man’s death is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477) or the Kansas City Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043.

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.