Police chase ensues after officers discover body inside Blue Springs home

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — One man is dead and another is in police custody after police responded to a reported assault and discovered a dead body inside a home on Friday. Officers tracked down the suspect and arrested him after a pursuit.

Blue Springs Police said on Friday around 8:20 p.m., they were dispatched to a residence near 23rd Street and Still Meadows Lane on a reported assault. The victim told police he had been assaulted by his nephew. The suspect had already left the scene in a truck, police said. The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Officers searched the residence and found a 77-year-old man dead inside the house. The deceased man’s vehicle was missing from the scene.

The vehicle was later spotted by a Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy and a chase ensued. The chase ended at Interstate 435 and Truman Road in KCMO.

A 21-year-old man, who police said was a relative of both victims, was taken into custody.

The investigation is ongoing.

The family set up a GoFundMe account because they say the victim, whom they identified as Harvey Baldwin, had a lapsed life insurance policy.