Two people charged after tortured body of missing Liberty man is found near Smithville Lake

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two people have been charged after a body was found Sunday morning near Smithville Lake.

Kansas City Police say the body is that of missing Liberty, Mo., man Mark Thomas, 58.

Clay Co. Prosecutors have charged Zachary M. Lisle, 20, with first degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action, and one count of kidnapping. A juvenile has also been charged in the homicide.

According to the probable cause statement, Thomas gave the two a ride home Friday. On the way home, the two suspects made Thomas pull over, and then hit him in the head with an unknown object. They then took him to a park restroom near Smithville Lake.

Court documents say his body was found with his ankles bound, a bag wired around his head and a ring finger partially severed.

According to a Facebook group, "Bring Mark Thomas Home," Thomas was last seen Friday by his family.

Kansas City police say family members found his car at the North Star Village mobile home park, located at 8801 NE 107th Terr.

Clay County Sheriff's Deputies found a body early Sunday morning in a park at Smithville Lake.

During the investigation, authorities found large amounts of blood, a knife and a knife sheath. They also found that several of Thomas' ATM cards were used at various locations throughout the metro.

One of Thomas' relatives, Katrina Williams, released this statement:

"Mark was someone that you could meet and spend 5 minutes talking to and feel like you've made a life-long friend. He never had an unkind thing to say about anyone nor a dishonorable intention in his soul. He would have given anyone the shirt off his back. As is evident by the public outreach on the page. He touched countless lives.  The world has lost a truly amazing person. We are heartbroken."

Print this article Back to Top