Police: Human remains found near Grain Valley

July 14, 2021 GMT

Authorities have found human remains on a residential property in unincorporated Jackson County amid a missing person investigation, officials said Wednesday.

Officer John Syme, spokesman for the Independence Police Department, said he could not identify the missing person or release any other details about the remains, which were found near Grain Valley, The Kansas City Star reported.

“At this time, our detectives have been in contact with family members and they are receiving updates,” Syme said.

“There’s nothing I want to do to hinder that investigation at this point in releasing any premature information,” he said. “There’s a body in the ground. I’m gonna leave it at that for now.”

The FBI and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office are helping Independence police with the investigation. Investigators would need to conduct a forensic examination to confirm the identity of the remains.