Body found in Ninnescah River identified as missing Wichita woman, homicide investigation continues
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office have identified the body that was found in the river this past weekend as 27-year-old Shalan Niccole Gannon, reported missing to Wichita police on April 11.
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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday the Sumner County Sheriff requested assistance after a badly decomposed body was found in the Ninnescah River over the weekend.
A spokesperson for the KBI said the agency has joined what it is now calling a homicide investigation and is working diligently to positively identify the victim.
Authorities said they are unable to speculate how the person died or whether the victim was a man or a woman because of the deteriorated condition of the remains. An autopsy has been scheduled at the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center in Wichita.
A body was found in the Ninnescah River near 130th Avenue North and North West Road in Sumner County around 1:30 p.m. today (June 7).
Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers said that they will not speculate on the cause of death and thinks the body has possibly been in the river for a few days.
Chambers couldn’t determine the sex of the body due to its condition. The body will be taken to the coroner’s office in Wichita.
Chambers said a box was involved but wouldn't say what kind.
Eyewitness News has a crew at the scene and will update as details are made available.