Police discover homicide victim while searching for missing teen

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Lawrence police spent Saturday investigating the first homicide of the year as they search for a missing teenage girl.

Officers found the man's body inside a house on the 2900 block of West 26th Street late Friday night.

Police were called to the house looking for 19-year-old Sarah Brooke Gonzalez McLinn.

Family members told police they hadn't heard from McLinn in days.

"As we were surveying the exterior of the home we were able to see from the outside that it appeared that there was someone inside that was lying on the floor," Sgt. Trent McKinley with the Lawrence Police Department said.

Once inside the house, police found the man's body with what they describe as "traumatic injuries."

"[I've] been here 27, 28 years in the neighborhood, it's kind of eerie that something like that would happen that close," Gayland Lilienkamp, who lives across the street from the house, said.

Police say both the victim and McLinn knew each other for a few years and lived in the same house..

The 19-year-old has held various jobs in Lawrence and has family and friends in this city, as well as Topeka and in the Kansas City metro area.

Investigators said she may be traveling in a dark gray or blue 2008 Nissan Altima with Kansas license plate number "AK149".

Police released the information to the media Saturday afternoon as concerns for her safety mounted.

"At this point in time the family, as well as investigators, want to contact her and find out what if anything she knows about this," Sgt. McKinley said

He added that homicides in Lawrence are unusual, with only three last year.

If you any information regarding the homicide or whereabouts of McLinn, call Lawrence police at 785-832-7509 or the Douglas County Crimestoppers at 785-843-8477.

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