Police investigation continues into downtown Bonner death
Bonner Springs police released the name of a man found dead Monday morning in downtown Bonner Springs, but few other details have been made public as the investigation into the cause of his death continues.
Bonner Springs Police Lt. George Collins said the deceased man has been identified as Matthew H. Smith, 40, of Bonner Springs. He said police were awaiting autopsy results and toxicology reports to determine the cause of death and whether a crime had been committed.
Collins said police were continuing to conduct interviews to determine Smith's activities and whereabouts in the hours leading up to his death.
Asked if police had determined if the death would be classified as a homicide, Collins would only say police were waiting for the reports.
Police received a call about 7:15 a.m. Monday reporting the discovery of the body in the area behind the businesses in the 100 block of Oak Street, though Collins said he could not release exactly where the body was found.
Police taped off Centennial Park and its parking lot, located behind those businesses in the 100 block of Cedar, until about 11:30 a.m. as they conducted an investigation. Investigators also were seen standing outside a door leading to an upstairs apartment on Oak Street. Mayor Clausie Smith said it was his understanding Matthew H. Smith (no relation) was a tenant of the building.
George Cooper, Bonner Springs City Council member, said he was walking in the area and saw the body before police arrived. He said the body was nude, curled up in a fetal position.