KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are investigating after two people were found dead in a wooded area Sunday.

Around 2 p.m. Sunday, Kansas City police officers responded to N.E. 48th Street and Randolph Road. The officers were led into the woods where they found two victims with apparent trauma.

Both victims were pronounced dead at scene. The incident is still under investigation.

“I’m just shocked to hear this in this neighborhood, you know. We’ve got a lot of families and a lot of kids, so you know I want them to be safe, too,” said Sharon Jennings Merrill, who lives near the trail. 

It was a similar sentiment shared by her neighbors.  

“Scares the soup out of me. I mean it was so close I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven by that area,” said Lonny Harris who also lives along the trail.

“It’s incredibly scary to think that something like that has happened in my area.”

FOX4 spoke with a woman who didn’t want to be identified. Her nephew and his friends were out playing Sunday afternoon in the woods like they like to do.  

That’s when they stumbled upon a car and looked inside and saw the two people. The boys ran to a nearby neighbor’s home for help then that neighbor then immediately called police.

“It really concerns me. I mean, how do you protect your kids. I have grandkids. In fact, my little granddaughter spends a lot of nights with me. It scares the soup out of me,” Harris said.

FOX4 reached out to KCPD for more details, and the department said at this time they have no additional information. Nevertheless, it’s a scary reality for those who call this area home.

“Well I’m shocked. This is a nice, quiet neighborhood most of the time you don’t hear anything,” said Jennings-Merrill.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 816-234-5043 or you can contact TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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