KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating after two people were found dead under suspicious circumstances in two different locations Sunday.
A person walking in Blue Valley Park near 24th and Topping found a dead body near a pond, according to the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department.
Around 9 a.m. police were notified of the body, and detectives and crime scene investigators were called to the scene due to the location of the body and the possibility of the death being suspicious.
Authorities note the body being found outside provides "only one opportunity to completely process the scene."
Detectives are speaking with additional parties to provide context and further information about the situation.
KCPD says the cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.
The second suspicious death identified Sunday occurred nearly an hour later in the 5600 block of Paloma Avenue in east KCMO.
Around 10 a.m., officers arrived at a residence on a call concerning human remains located in a backyard.
A resident noticed their dog digging outside, and when they went to investigate, they noticed what they thought to be human skeletal remains.
After the resident notified KCPD, detectives began a suspicious death investigation.
Crime scene investigators along with personnel from the medical examiner's office are assisting in processing the scene.
Police say the medical examiner is working to determine how long the body was buried along with the age and gender of the deceased.
Anyone with information concerning either of the two suspicious deaths is asked to call the KCPD Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043 or the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at P3Tips.com.