KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Police Spokesman Darin Snapp has confirmed the man found dead at Arrowhead Stadium as 30-year-old Kyle A. Van Winkle of Smithville, Mo. He is the son of Detective Sergeant Dean Van Winkle with the Grandview Police Department.
Van Winkle was a 2002 graduate of Belton High School. He was the captain of the football team there and later played for William Jewell College where he graduated in 2006.
The three persons of interest have been released pending further investigation.
Police interviewed several witnesses on Monday, released three persons of interest and searched a home to try to figure out what exactly happened last night in Lot A of Arrowhead's parking lot.
A female witness, who police interviewed overnight, said she and others heard an 8-year-old boy cry for help. A group of fans in the parking lot a little after 5 p.m. ran down a few cars to help.
Police said Van Winkle was inside a Jeep he did not own. When the owner came upon Van Winkle, police said the group started fighting. According to the female witness, the fight was aggressive.
She said saw the group, who ran to help the owner and his young son, proceed to punch Van Winkle three times. She then said the victim fell and the group punched him again another three times. She tried to perform CPR but Van Winkle died at the hospital.
Early Monday morning, undercover officers combed the home of an Independence man. Police searched the home and left with three dogs. They didn't identify the owner and only said the search warrant was related to the crime scene at Arrowhead.
Neighbor Michael Doerr said he was stunned.
"He's a pretty nice guy, he tried to stay out of trouble," Doerr said.
The witness said it appeared several in the scuffle had been drinking.
Chiefs had no comment Monday night.
The gates at Arrowhead opened at 10 a.m. Sunday, long before the 3:25 p.m. kickoff. The female witness complained, by nightfall, the stadium parking lot looked as much like a party scene as it did a crime scene.
Despite witness accounts, police said there were no obvious signs of trauma on Van Winkle's body so it could be weeks before they know how he died and if anyone will be charged.