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Body found in Ninnescah River identified as missing Wichita woman, homicide investigation continues

 Courtesy of Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Courtesy of Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KWCH)
Published: Jun. 7, 2020 at 4:43 PM CDT
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Friday, June 12, 2020

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.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 1-800-KS-CRIME or submit a tip online

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Wichita - Sedgwick County at 316-267-2111.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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.

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

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.

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