LS police closes death investigation

tporter@lsjournal.comApril 4, 2013 

  • More information 7 The day in May of last year that the burned body of Christopher McQueen of Leawood, Kan. was found in Lee’s Summit.

The Lee’s Summit Police Department has closed its investigation in the case of a missing Leawood, Kan. man whose badly burned body was found in the city limits last May.

According to Chris Depue, a spokesman for the Lee’s Summit Police Department, a file was submitted to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for review but they declined to file charges in the case of Christopher McQueen, whose burned body was found May 7, 2012 behind a home in the 200 block of N.E. Strother Road in Lee’s Summit.

Depue, who stated the department’s investigation centered on abandonment of corpse, declined to comment on specifics of the case and referred all inquiries to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, which returned the file March 23 without charges.

“The determination by the prosecutor handling that case was a lack of evidence,” said Mike Mansur, a spokesman for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. “If new information became available to the police agency that they present to us then we could reconsider it. Murder does not have a statue of limitation.”

Mansur added the LSPD had zeroed in on a suspect or suspects in the case, but he couldn’t state what the suspect of suspects’ relationship was to the victim.

McQueen’s body was found May 7 by a man returning home to his residence on Strother Road. Less than a week later, Lee’s Summit Police tentatively identified the body as McQueen’s after his black 2005 Jeep Cherokee was found in a parking lot in south Kansas City.

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