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Remains found near Gardner Lake last month identified

Gardner Lake body Matt Manion
Gardner Lake skeletal remains
Posted at 4:51 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 17:51:06-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Skeletal remains discovered last month near a Johnson County lake have been identified.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that the remains reported Jan. 12 near Gardner Lake have been identified as 48-year-old Matthew L. Manion.

The cause of death remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about Manion or the circumstances of his death is asked to call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at 913-715-5560.

A passing motorist spotted human remains last month in a field near West 155th Street and Gardner Road East.

The Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office and Johnson County Crime Lab helped process evidence to identify the remains.