Missing Person Case Turns Into Murder Investigation
Annika Patrick - Fri 11:34 AM 08/03/2012
A case that began as a missing person report turns into a murder investigation.
Jeffrey Powell was reported as a missing person on Wednesday, August 1. According to Lt. Scott Siemsen, the investigation led detectives to believe he may have been a victim of foul play.
The Salina Police Department and the Saline County Sheriff's Office, who have been working jointly on the case say evidence points to a possible crime scene in a rural location east of the Salina city limits on E. North St.
As the case moved forward, evidence convinced authorities that Powell was indeed a victim of foul play and is more than likely deceased. Powell was last seen with 29 year old Kyle Andrew Nelson of Salina, who was taken into custody at 11 p.m. on Thursday, August 2 and charged with second degree murder.
Nelson had been in the Lincoln County jail for other charges unrelated to this incident. He is currently being held in the Saline County Jail.
Powell's murder is believed to be connected with an early morning shooting on Wednesday, August 1 near Iron and Connecticut. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Salina Police Department, Saline County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and the Saline County Attorney are all working on the case and say the investigation is ongoing. The authorities are actively looking for the body.
Police are asking anyone who has any information, to contact the Salina Police Department at 785-826-7210, the Saline County Sheriff's Office at 785-826-6500, or Crimestoppers at 785-825-TIPS.