KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Police Department is investigating a homicide near Longview Lake where they found a body that had been set on fire.
According to police, officers responded to the area of Raytown Road between Longview Road and Longview Parkway after reports of a dead body at about 12:40 a.m. Monday.
Police were approached by someone who said they called police when they saw a body on fire on the side of the road.
Officers found a body on fire on the ground next to the street, and the fire department arrived to put out the fire.
“We don’t know yet what led up to this, so it’s hard to say what the motivation was or what someone was thinking in regard to this,” KCPD spokesperson Sgt. Jake Becchina said.
Police have identified the victim in this case as 32-year-old Timothy Grigsby. Officials say it appears the man was also shot.
“We’re very hopeful to gather information and to put those pieces together,” Becchina said, “especially for the victim’s family who’s wondering those same things today.”
Detectives have not released any suspect information at this time, but the department did tow a vehicle from the scene as part of the investigation.
“It’s not immediately clear how its involved, but it was nearby where the victim was located,” Becchina said. “So detectives did tow that vehicle for further processing and any analyzation just in the event that there’s something that can give them a better idea of what led up to the victim being found deceased.”
Anyone with information is urged to call the Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043. Anonymous tips can be left by calling the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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