UPDATE: Crews find body in Brush Creek after suspect jumped in

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Crews have recovered a body Friday morning in the search for a suspect who jumped into Brush Creek and didn’t resurface Thursday night.

Police and recovery crews have been in the area of 38th and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard last night and this morning. Officials have identified the man as 38-year-old Terrel Murray.

The Kansas City Police Department said this is they suspect they were looking for in previous calls.

Search teams jumped back into action this morning, July 9, after rescue crews failed to find the man last night. Responders shifted their search to recovery efforts in the evening. The Kansas City Fire Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol’s rescue teams searched late into the night, and officers stayed on scene into the morning.

Kansas City police spokesman Sgt. Jake Becchina said officers’ involvement with this suspect had been developing over Thursday afternoon.

The agency has received several domestic violence disturbance calls Thursday afternoon near Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and Cleveland. Each time officers responded, the man fled the scene, Becchina said.

Around 6:30 p.m. police responded after learning of man matching the suspect’s description. When officers tried to contact him, Becchina said the man jumped into Brush Creek.

An officer jumped in after him but was unable to pull him from the water. Becchina said the alleged suspect didn’t surface.

Initially, crews were working this incident as a water rescue, and even searched the wooded area nearby just to be sure.

But based on the circumstances, as of 10:30 p.m., they are now considering this a recovery operation.

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