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No foul play suspected in death of Cole Brings Plenty

Johnson County Sheriff's Office
Posted at 2:47 PM, Apr 10, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday no foul play is suspected in the death of actor Cole Brings Plenty.

Brings Plenty, 27, was found around 11:45 a.m. Friday, April 5, in a wooded area near W. 200th Street and Homestead Lane.

A vehicle was found near Brings Plenty's body, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Brings Plenty was sought by Douglas County authorities for questioning about his alleged involvement in a domestic violence incident March 31 in Lawrence.

Lawrence Police Chief Rick Lockhart released a statement on Plenty's death.

This is a tragic case for everyone involved. Your police department worked very hard to investigate the incidents and worked very hard to find Cole. None of us could have imagined this outcome. I learned through this series of events that our police department must work harder to increase trust with our Native American community members. Through meeting with Cole’s family members and members of our Native American community, I clearly see that we are not where we need to be in partnering with a community that is very important to Lawrence’s history and to its current culture. This sad series of events has been shared around the world. It’s my hope that future bridges we build and partnerships we form between our Native American community and our police department will create a relationship that will not only increase trust and understanding but will also be a model for other communities.
Lawrence Police Chief Rich Lockhart