Police identify body found in Ellsworth

Police have identified a body found in rural Ellsworth County as Nathan Philip Thompson.
Police have identified a body found in rural Ellsworth County as Nathan Philip Thompson.(KWCH)
Published: Jul. 22, 2022 at 3:34 PM CDT
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ELLSWORTH COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) - UPDATE: The Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man whose remains were found in a field on Tuesday.

The body was in an extreme state of decomposition and the KBI was called in to help in the investigation.

An autopsy was performed on the remains on Thursday and the coroner ruled the man’s death a homicide.

Friday, a forensic odonatologist was able to compare dental records from the body and those of Nathan Philip Thompson, who was reported missing in June.

Police believe a Chevrolet Express van was possibly used to facilitate Thompson’s disappearance. They are asking for your help with information about the van pictured on this page, and/or its driver.

Police have recovered that van.

If you have had contact with Nathan Thompson since June 1, 2022, have information concerning his disappearance, or have information relative to the fire at 1635 Elgin please contact the Salina Police Department at 785-826-7210.

You may also call Crimestoppers at 785-825-TIPS or make an online tip at: https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=950#. Tipsters may also contact the Salina Police Department at (785) 826-7210 and ask to speak to Detective Lemon, case 2022-17281.

The KBI assisted the Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Office with an investigation after human remains were found in a rural part of the county on Tuesday.

The KBI Crime Scene Response Team processed the scene where the body was found, and an autopsy was conducted.

The agencies are currently working to positively identify the deceased person.

The KBI expects to have that information available in the next couple of business days. Local law enforcement is expected to release more detailed information once the family is properly notified.

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