Death in wooded Kansas City area investigated as homicide

Posted at 7:25 AM, Apr 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 12:13:19-04

UPDATE 4/28 - Three men have been charged with the April murder of Michael Luckey. 

Micha Dozier, Tayelor Fitzpatrick and Larry Wren each face charges of murder, robbery, two counts of armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence. 

According to court records, the three suspects and a juvenile lured Luckey via Craig's List. They intentended to rob him.

Luckey was stabbed multiple times before the suspects took his credit cards and purchased hundreds of dollars' worth of electronics and other items.

Prosecutors have requested a bond of $500,000 for each suspect. 

ORIGINAL STORY - Police are now investigating the death of a 29-year-old father of two as a homicide after finding his body along Blue River Road last week.

Police identified the body of Michael Luckey on Monday, nearly a week after his body was found in a wooded area.

Family members told 41 Action News that Luckey headed out to meet with an unidentified person before he disappeared.




“All we know is that he was coming to meet someone,” explained Luckey’s sister Breaunna Judy.

Family members said they became concerned about Luckey after getting a strange update from police.

“I got a call from the Sheriff's Department saying they got my car (which Luckey borrowed for the night) and it was on fire,” explained Jeanell Luckey, Michael’s mother. “I'm thinking was it heading north? Heading south? Was he heading home? Did it start smoking? Did the car catch on fire?"

A day after police discovered the burnt car, family members say investigators found Luckey’s body around two miles away from his car near the 8100 block of Blue River Road.

With the crime remaining unsolved, Luckey’s family told 41 Action News that they are heartbroken over the case.

“It makes me mad that whoever did this took his memories, dreams and goals,” explained Jeanell. “Our whole last conversation that I had with him was about his dreams and his goals and how he had worked so hard for his whole life."

Jeanell said Michael was a hard-working car enthusiast, who was trying to open his own car shop in the near future.

The tragedy has been especially tough after witnessing his three- and four-year-old sons react to the death.

“Bentley grabbed his dad's picture and is hanging onto it and hasn't let go,” Jeanell explained. “Brayden thinks dad is a star in the sky looking down on him."

The Luckey family plans to hold Michael’s funeral this Saturday.

Moving forward, they may hire a private investigator to find clues in the case.

Anyone with information is urged to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

With a suspect still on the loose, the Luckey family hopes justice comes soon.

“He had two boys that will grow up not knowing what happened to their father,” Breaunna said.





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