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Body discovered in Linn County near vehicle of missing Lawrence man

Posted at 1:46 PM, Sep 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-08 14:46:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A body was discovered in Linn County, Kansas, on Wednesday, Sept. 7, next to the vehicle of a missing Lawrence man.

Garrett Russell, 30, was reported missing by family members on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 31.

While Russell is a Lawrence resident, his family resides in Ottawa, which is why his disappearance was reported to the Ottawa Police Department.

He was last seen leaving his home, located at 1209 Randall Road, in a white Toyota Camry on Aug. 24.

Police received tips he may have been in Kansas City, Kansas, and Osawatomie between Aug. 24 and Sept. 2.

But on Wednesday, Sept. 7, his vehicle was located in Linn County.

Next to the vehicle was the body of a deceased person. Authorities have not confirmed the identity.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Department at 785-242-2561 or by email at

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