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4-30-14

Homicide reported in Northland

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

As The Landmark heads to press Wednesday morning, Kansas City police are investigating an apparent homicide at an apartment complex in the Northland.

Authorities have one man in custody who they believe is connected to the crime. The man was found by Parkville police about an hour after the crime was reported.

“South Platte Fire Department had called in a report of a vehicle off the roadway along Hwy. 152 near I-435,” Kevin Chrisman, Parkville police chief, told The Landmark Wednesday morning.

“It wasn’t really a traffic accident. The man had driven the car off the roadway,” Chrisman said.

The police chief said the man was outside the car and distraught when Parkville police arrived at the scene. Kansas City police arrived and took control of the scene, connecting the man to the alleged homicide, and Chrisman said the man was being taken to a hospital.

There were reports the man was naked and covered in blood when Parkville police arrived at the vehicle. Chrisman did not confirm this, saying he was still obtaining information from his officer who was at the scene. Chrisman said Kansas City police would be handling all aspects of the investigation.

The incident began when Kansas City police were called shortly before 7 a.m. to an apartment complex at Northwest 79th Terrace and North Hickory Street in the city's Northland.

The apartment complex is a bit west of Hwy. 169 (North Oak Trafficway) and just south of NW Barry Road, just across the Platte County line in Clay County.

There was a report of a man, possibly covered in blood, pounding on doors of apartments.

When police arrived on the scene, they could not find the man, but did discover a woman in an apartment clinging to life. She eventually died at the scene, authorities said