Kansas City, Missouri, police identify victim in suspicious death as missing man

Posted at 3:25 PM, May 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-19 10:07:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, police identified the victim in Monday's suspicious death investigation as a man who recently was reported missing.

A KCPD spokesperson said around 10:45 a.m. on Monday, officers were sent to a home near East 56th Terrace and Elmwood Avenue after receiving a report of a dead body.

Arriving officers discovered the body of an adult male, who was identified Tuesday as Gilberto Gutierrez.

Gutierrez was reported missing May 11 and considered endangered. His death is being investigated as a homicide.

A KCPD spokesperson said that, although the circumstances of the man’s death aren’t fully known, the death does not appear to be “natural.”

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of the man’s death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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