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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office identifies human remains discovered Jan. 31 southeast of Lawrence

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Posted at 5:24 PM, Aug 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-05 18:24:45-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday the human remains found Jan. 31, 2022, southeast of Lawrence, have been identified.

A lab report from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation matched the DNA analysis to Guy Wayne Collins, 47.

The sheriff’s office documents Collins was released from the Douglas County Correctional Facility on July 6. By July 8, his family contacted the sheriff’s office with concerns he had been released but had not made contact with his family.

Collins was then listed as a missing adult on July 9.

Over six months later, two people walking near a creek found his remains in the 1700 block of North 1250 Road.

“The Sheriff’s Office has notified Collins’ family he has been identified and offers condolences to Collins’ family and friends,” the office said in a statement.

No foul play is suspected.

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