KCPD investigating murder-suicide, the city's 100th homicide in 2020

2 bodies found last week in state of decomposition
KCPD car
Posted at 1:15 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 14:15:41-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, police said Monday that a "suspicious death" reported last week is now being investigated as an apparent murder-suicide, marking the city’s 100th homicide in 2020.

KCPD spokesman Capt. Dave Jackson said Monday morning that detectives were investigating the death of two people found near East 20th Street and Prospect Avenue on Friday afternoon as a murder-suicide.

The bodies were found at a home in the area after a woman went to check on her parents, who had not been seen for several days.

She found two bodies in the home, who were in an advanced state of decomposition and unable to be identified, according to police.

Jackson said Monday that it’s too early to identify them and determine who was the suspect and the victim.

Detectives initially investigated the case as suspicious and canvassed the area on Friday. Crime scene technicians also collected evidence from the scene.

It is the 100th homicide in Kansas City so far this year, which is on pace to become the deadliest year in the city’s history. There were 75 homicides reported at this time last year, which ended with a near-record 150 homicides.

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