Detectives: Strong 'indications' body found in De Soto is that of missing Olathe man

DESOTO, Kan. - Detectives from the Johnson County Sheriff's Department have given strong "indications" that a body found near 95th and Sunflower Tuesday afternoon is that of missing 22-year-old Olathe man Brad Cook.

The Cook family attorney and unofficial spokesman Henry Cox told 41 Action News the detectives visited the Cook's home Tuesday afternoon to inform them they had found a body possibly matching Brad's description and to quiz them about specific details of the clothing their son was wearing when he disappeared last Sunday.

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A spokesman for the Johnson County Sheriff's Department said there would be no official word on the identity of the body discovered here until Wednesday at the earliest.

The body was found by a walker on Tuesday afternoon, partially obscured by tall grass. A Johnson County law enforcement source said the body was roughly 15 to 20 feet off 95th Street. The road has light traffic and is in a rural area.

Well after dark on Tuesday, investigators continued to work at the scene less than a mile from where Cook's custom motorcycle was found on Monday morning.

Volunteers looking for Cook had searched this area before, Cox said, but only the north side of the street, not the south side, where the body was discovered.

Cook left his sister's home in Olathe around 10:15 p.m. last Sunday night, leaving behind his cell phone and wallet. His motorcycle was later discovered unlocked and seemingly abandoned at a bike shop in De Soto.

Investigators have been examining surveillance video from a nearby liquor store for clues and volunteers have canvassed rural Johnson County every day looking for a young man whose parents described as a driven, hardworking son.

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