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Skeletal remains found Sunday along creek near Kansas Highway 7 in Lansing

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Feb 19, 2024

UPDATE, April 3 | The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has identified the remains as Derrick U. Collins, 59, of Leavenworth. Collins was reported missing in June 2022.

The KBI says there are no signs of foul play in his death.

ORIGINAL REPORT | The Lansing Police Department and Kansas Bureau of Investigation have launched an investigation after the discovery of skeletal remains Sunday evening.

People walking along a creek bed in the 900 block of N. Main Street near Kansas Highway 7 in Lansing happened upon the remains and called police around 5 p.m., per KBI.

Nearly an hour later, Lansing police requested assistance from KBI.

In an update Monday afternoon, KBI said an autopsy has been scheduled and the identity of the deceased has yet to be confirmed.

"Positive identification may take longer than typical cases due to the condition of the remains," KBI shared.

Monday morning, police blocked off a portion of southbound N. Main Street/Kansas Highway 7 — the main road into and out of Lansing and Leavenworth — due to the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME or https://www.kbi.ks.gov/sar.

This is a developing story and may be updated.

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