by Valerie Verkamp
The body of a man who was reported missing a week earlier was discovered inside his truck completely submerged in a pond at a Northland apartment complex.
On Monday, April 21 officers pulled the body of Vincent Reynolds from his sunken 2003 green Chevrolet Silverado. Reynolds' body was recovered from a deep pond at the Willow Lakes Apartment at 6002 NW Prairie View Road in Platte County, merely 100 feet from his apartment.
Reynolds, 42, of Kansas City was reported missing by his family when he failed to attend a scheduled family event. His sister told authorities it was highly unusual for Reynolds not to follow through with family plans and filed a missing person report with the Shoal Creek Patrol Division on Monday, April 14.
His family told police their calls to his cell phone went unanswered and he didn't show up for work at SPEC Materials in Kansas City, KS.
Shortly after he went missing, Reynolds' sister and ex-wife went to his residence at the Willow Lake Apartments only to discover nothing particularly out of the usual in his apartment.
Reynolds' cell phone charger was plugged into an outlet on the wall and his guns were found secured in their normal place. Only Reynolds and his vehicle were missing.
Reynolds was last seen alone leaving the parking lot of One-Eyed-Jack's bar at 5044 NE Parvin Road sometime after midnight on Saturday, April 12.
Reynolds was a regular at the bar and was seen wearing a button-up shirt, blue jeans, and cowboy boots. His family described him as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 240 pounds.
Law enforcement officers contacted local hospitals but no real leads were obtained in their investigation.
To further assist the Kansas City Police Department in their investigation, Reynolds' friends and family set out to raise $5,000 to hire a private investigator. In a matter of a few days, they had raised $2,360 on www.gofundme.com.
On April 21, those efforts came to a halt when a manager at the apartment complex contacted authorities after noticing vehicle tire tracks in the mud heading to the water and a mysterious sheen on the pond.
Shortly after 5 p.m. authorities discovered Reynolds' truck that had been concealed in the dark blue water. Once the vehicle was towed from the pond, Reynolds' body was discovered inside.
It remains unclear at this time how Reynolds ended up in the pond. Police have investigated the scene, but won't officially declare his death an accident, suicide, or homicide until the autopsy report comes back.
Due to the appearance of his body, authorities believe he had been submerged underwater since the time he went missing in the early hours of April 12.
According to the medical examiner's initial body exam, there were no signs of trauma. Since the body was in the water for an extended period of time, police are waiting for a more complete report to ensure any disturbance to the body would not go unmasked.
Reynolds was born Dec. 17, 1971 in Kansas City and graduated from the Park Hill High School. He went on to receive a BA in Business Administration from Park College and was actively employed as a purchasing and inventory control agent with SPEC Materials.
Reynolds had two children, Emma Kathryn and Kyle Matthew Reynolds. He is survived by his parents, Larry and Joyce Cossey; three sisters, Dawn Marie Huff (Rich), Lisa Cox and Redonna York (Devin); a brother, Wayne Russell; and seven nieces and nephews.
A memorial service honoring Reynolds was held at noon on Saturday, April 26 at the Vineyard Church located at 12300 NW Arrowhead Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64165.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Vincent E. Reynolds Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Funds acquired to hire a private investigator have been transferred to his memorial fund.