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KCK police investigate after man found dead near Missouri River

Man found stabbed along Missouri River

Officer Thomas Tomasic describes a makeshift riverside home where it appeared a man lived before being stabbed and killed.
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Officer Thomas Tomasic describes a makeshift riverside home where it appeared a man lived before being stabbed and killed.

A man found dead Saturday beside the Missouri River in Kansas City, Kan., appeared to have been stabbed multiple times, according to police.

Major case detectives with the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department are investigating the death as a homicide. The man was found shortly before 4 p.m. on the river bank, about 10 feet from the water, behind the Unified Government water treatment plant on Market Street. The area is close to the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers.

It appeared that the man may have been living on the riverbank for some time, said Officer Tom Tomasic, a Kansas City, Kan., police spokesman. The body lay near a makeshift house and a clothesline hung in the woods by the river.

Police were not able to immediately identify the man, and it was unclear exactly when he died, Tomasic said.

The death marked the 22nd homicide in Kansas City, Kan., this year. The metropolitan area has recorded 109 killings in 2016.

Anyone with information about the homicide was asked to call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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