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Body of bicyclist found near Augusta

Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 3:48 PM CDT
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AUGUSTA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Butler County Sheriff’s Office said a body of a bicyclist has been found near Augusta.

Sheriff Kelly Herzet said two people working on a fence found the badly decomposed body in the timber. Herzet said the person is believed to have been a bicyclist and their body had been there for several days.

“The other part of it is we have a bicycle. So it appears this person is a bicyclist. So, we have shoes, gloves, a helmet and it’s the kind of bicycle that you would ride long distances,” said Herzet.

The sheriff’s office has reached out to other agencies to see if anyone has reported a missing bicyclist.

There is an active case in Wichita with a man named Brian Butler, an active cyclist reported missing last month. Groups have formed to find him, including on Facebook with the page, “Finding Brian Butler.” Butler’s brother posted on that page Friday, saying the body found near Augusta could be that of his brother, but, “at this time, we do not know for sure.”

Investigators are trying to figure out how long the body has been there. Friday, they said it’s unknown how the man died and it’s too early to say what happened.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

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