Body found inside burning vehicle near 81st and Indiana in Kansas City


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A body has been found inside a flaming vehicle early this morning in the Marlborough East neighborhood.

Police were called to 81st Street and Indiana Avenue just before 6 a.m. to meet the fire department. They were responding to a white truck on fire with possible human remains inside. Officers did find a body, opening a death investigation.

Capt. Leslie Foreman said they are not calling this a homicide at the moment, but they aren’t ruling it out.

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Just about an hour before the vehicle fire, police responded to a shooting nearby at East 85th Street and Euclid Avenue. Officers found a victim outside of a residence who had been shot. That person was taken to the hospital.

“We are looking at these. We don’t know that they are connected,” Foreman said.

This incident makes for three death investigations in the span of 10 hours.

The East 85th Street and Euclid Avenue incident also makes for at least the fifth shooting overnight.

Previously, two separate shootings were reported at East 13th Street and Benton Boulevard just after 8 p.m. on May 5. Then, a homicide shooting was reported at the 4200 block of Blue Parkway a little more than an hour later. Less than an hour after that, another was reported in the 11100 block of Hillcrest Road.

“Our goal is to reduce violence, or assist in that process of course,” Foreman said. “We’re all in this together. We all live here.”

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