KBI: Man who shot Rice County officers suspected in woman's 2015 disappearance
is dead, but cases connected with him are still alive with questions unanswered.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says an hours-long standoff in rural Rice County ended early Tuesday morning when officers found 37-year-old David L. Madden dead. The agency says it appears Madden died from a self-inflicted gunshot.
The end of the standoff concluded the search for the man investigators say shot the top ranking members of the Rice County Sheriff's Office, but fueled speculation about Madden's possible connection with another case: the 2015 disappearance of 21-year-old Megan Foglesong.
Tuesday, the KBI identified Madden as a suspect in the missing-person case involving Foglesong. Family members say she was living with Madden around the time she disappeared and they always suspected he was behind her disappearance.
Megan Foglesong's stepmother, Dawn Foglesong, says she's hopeful someone will come forward with information now that Madden is dead. Tuesday, she spoke with Eyewitness News about the last time she spoke with Megan and how she was afraid of Madden.
"I always had concerns just because of some of the things she would say," Dawn Foglesong says.
She remembers the last time she spoke with Megan a little before Thanksgiving of 2015.
"And all she pretty much said was that she left (Madden's) house because she was frightened and she was staying with friends and was safe," Dawn says.
She later found out that Megan went back to Madden's home, then disappeared. Megan's 22nd birthday in January 2016 came and went without her family hearing from her.
Dawn says she asked the Rice County Sheriff's Office to conduct welfare checks at Madden's home in Alden.
"I believe he did something to her. I don't know exactly what, how, when," she says.
We know the KBI stayed focused on Madden as a suspect and police were back at his house in February of 2017 after he led them on a high-speed chase that ended in a standoff.
Madden was charged with aggravated assault in that case and last August, was sentenced to probation. We also know officers searched his home several times, turning up two dozen pipe bombs and several guns, including an AK-47. That's what led to a federal indictment last week. That indictment claimed Madden smuggled the machine gun into the U.S. from Iraq where he fought for the U.S. Marine Corps.
"I just hope that somebody will speak up now, because they shouldn't be afraid to anymore," Dawn Foglesong says. "And we're not going to stop looking, ever. That's the only thing I want is to find (Megan)."
Megan Foglesong's family lives in Illinois, but came to Kansas several times to search for her. They say Madden's father, Tom, gave them permission to search his property. The KBI hasn't commented on whether Madden's recent crimes are connected with Megan's disappearance.