Police say body found in woods is that of a 16-year-old Independence runaway

Authorities have identified the teen whose body was found Dec. 14 in a wooded area near Missouri 291 and Truman Road as 16-year-old Nathaniel Dance of Independence.

A person searching for deer antlers spotted the body and called police. The circumstances about how Dance died remain under investigation. Dance was a runaway and was last seen on Oct. 19. No other information was available.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Independence Police investigations unit at 816-325-7330.

Glenn E. Rice,