Butler Co. Sheriff: Hit and run victim died from blunt force trauma

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ANDOVER, Kan. UPDATE: The Butler County Sheriff's Office says an autopsy shows 38-year-old Jared Wright died from blunt force trauma.

Wright's body was found early Saturday morning near SW 130th and Tawakoni Rd. in Butler County.

Sheriff Herzet says it appears Wright had been hit by a vehicle, moved to a different location and dumped more than 6 miles away.

"We're just trying to follow up on where Mr. Wright had been, where he was headed, contacts that he had made along the way," said Herzet.

Investigators say the last report of Wright was from a 911 call of a hitchhiker near Yorktown and US-54.

KWCH Katie Johnston spoke with Wright's family who says he was a great father and loved by his four kids.

"It just brings that much more pain to everybody that's thinking about it," said Jason Cozart, Wright's brother.

Cozart is urging anyone with information to step forward so his brother gets justice.

"Think of it if that was somebody you loved that this happened to, you'd want them to do the same thing," he said.

If you have any information about this case, please call the Butler County Sheriff Investigation line at (316) 322-4257 or the anonymous tip line at 1 (866) 484-5924.
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UPDATE: The Butler County Sheriff's Office has now identified the man whose body was found near SW 130th & Tawakoni as 38-year old Jared K. Wright of Augusta.

Sheriff Kelly Herzet says two people delivering newspapers found Wright's body in the area around 4 a.m. Saturday. Sheriff Herzet says it appears Wright had been hit by a vehicle, and that it appears his body was moved and dumped more than 6 miles away.

If you have any information about this case, please call the Butler County Sheriff Investigation line at (316) 322-4257 or the anonymous tip line at 1 (866) 484-5924.

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Herzet says the crash happened near Kellogg and Yorktown in Andover and is connected to a body found 4 AM Saturday in a rural part of Butler County.

"We just need to find the person or persons involved in this and hit this gentleman, and then picked his body up if so they did, and drop it off in the middle of the road," Herzet said.

The victim, is Jared K. Wright, 38, of Augusta.

The sheriff says two people delivering newspapers early Saturday morning found that man's body between 130th and 140th on Tawakoni, which is more than 6 miles away from where the sheriff says the crash first happened.

It has people familiar with the quiet area surprised.

"There's times I come out here and ride and I only see one car all day. Right? So it can get pretty isolated out here at times. That's pretty scary," said Kevin Bomhoff from Wichita, who frequently rides his bike in the area.

"Don't ever hear of something like that. For somebody to just come all the way out here and dump a body and leave it unconsciously is just crazy," said Shawn Sinderson from Rose Hill. Sinderson was asked to make sure people didn't cross a road closed sign near the area where Wright was found.

The sheriff says some of what he believes is the victim's property was found back at the crash site.

"We did find what appeared to be some shoes and socks, a pair of jeans a cell phone. Items such as that," Herzet said. "He was missing some of his clothing."

While investigators work to piece together what happened, they're also asking for your help.

"Somebody surely had to seen something. But there is a vehicle out there with front end damage or damage to the right side. Broken out mirror possibly, broken glass," Herzet said. "We need to figure out how this body got from this area to about 6 miles from this area."

Wright was last seen walking away from an Arby's in Andover around 12:30 am Saturday.

The sheriff's office says if you know anything about this case, please call 911.
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The Butler County Sheriff's Office is investigating a body found near SW 130th & Tawakoni.

Sheriff Kelly Herzet says two people delivering newspapers found a man in his mid-30's dead in the area around 4 am Saturday. Sheriff Herzet says it appears the man had been hit by a vehicle.

The sheriff's office then found what appears to be a second scene near Hwy 54 and Yorktown in Andover. Sheriff Herzet says the man may have been hit at the scene in Andover, and his body was dumped on Tawakoni. The man was seen walking near Arby's not far from Hwy 54 and Yorktown around 12:30 am.

An autopsy is being conducted. The Kansas Highway Patrol is assisting in the investigation.