It has been three weeks since three Kansas Metropolis followers joined associates to observe the Chiefs play the Los Angeles Chargers within the closing sport of the common season. Their our bodies have been present in a buddy’s yard two days later. Police nonetheless have not mentioned how the lads died, however affirmed Saturday amid intense public hypothesis that they nonetheless don’t have any proof of foul play.
It’s widespread for police to say no to remark a lot on an investigation earlier than it’s full. So this is a take a look at what’s recognized and never recognized in a thriller that has taken on a lifetime of its personal on social media and the web regardless of — or maybe due to — the shortage of strong info.
Police accounts say Ricky Johnson, 38; Clayton McGeeney, 36; and David Harrington, 37; went to the house of a buddy in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, to observe the Chiefs sport Jan. 7. None of them made it residence. Two nights later, McGeeney’s fiancé went to the house on the lookout for him.
“When there was no reply on the door, she broke into the basement of the residence and situated an unknown useless physique on the again porch. Officers responded to the again porch and confirmed there was a useless physique. Upon additional investigation, officers situated two different useless our bodies within the again yard,” an preliminary police report on the incident mentioned. “There have been no apparent indicators of foul play noticed at or close to the crime scene.”
Police say there are nonetheless no indicators that any crime was dedicated.
“This nonetheless stays a demise investigation and nothing extra,” Officer Alayna Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Metropolis Police Division, mentioned in an e mail Saturday to The Related Press. “We nonetheless don’t have any proof or indication of foul play, nobody is in police custody,”
Investigators say they do not know but. They haven’t mentioned publicly whether or not they imagine medicine or alcohol have been concerned in what may need been three comparatively sudden and simultaneous deaths, although it is clear that that is a risk they’re contemplating. Climate information point out the low temperature that evening was round 33 levels (1 diploma Celsius).
“This incident has been gathering a big quantity of media consideration and we (KCPD) would really like solutions on the reason for demise simply as a lot as everybody else does,” Gonzalez wrote.
The division continues to be ready on a ruling on the reason for demise from Frontier Forensics, Gonzalez mentioned. It is a non-public firm that proves post-mortem companies for quite a few counties throughout Kansas and Missouri. As soon as police get the reason for demise again, she mentioned, they may be capable to present further updates on the investigation.
“They’re a completely separate entity from the police division, so we now have zero influence on the timeline of their medical findings,” Gonzalez wrote. “We’ve been notified it could possibly be as a lot as an extra six or extra weeks to obtain the toxicology stories.”
One issue fueling the hypothesis has been that the house owner says he did not know the our bodies of his three longtime associates have been on his again porch and in his yard for the 2 days earlier than they have been discovered.
However Gonzalez affirmed that the house owner has cooperated with the investigation, an assertion that his lawyer, John Picerno, additionally has been making.
Picerno did not instantly return a name from the AP on Saturday. He mentioned in an announcement to Kansas Metropolis media earlier this month that his shopper was devastated by the deaths of his associates and that he did not know that they have been nonetheless in his yard — or that they wanted medical consideration — till police confirmed up. Picerno mentioned the final time that the house owner noticed them was once they left and he went to mattress, and that he did not know the way they died.
The legal professional mentioned his shopper was “anxiously awaiting the outcomes of the post-mortem and toxicology report,” and that they each needed “to precise our deepest sympathies to the family and friends members of those younger males, and our ideas and prayers are with them.”
Among the many questions raging on social media are: “Why hasn’t the proprietor been named a suspect?” and “What’s taking so lengthy to find out a reason behind demise?” The thriller has gone viral on TikTok and different social platforms for its true-crime overtones. And relations of the three males have taken their frustrations to Kansas Metropolis-area media.
“My son and these different males have been fantastic individuals. They deserve justice,” Jennifer Marquez, Harrington’s mom, informed WDAF-TV. “The story, the entire story wants to return out.”
However the statements from police point out that it may nonetheless be weeks earlier than they’ll present definitive solutions.