HOLTON, Kan. (AP) Authorities say hypothermia killed a kidnapping suspect whose body was found in a wooded area of northeast Kansas.
On Monday, Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse released the findings of an autopsy report on the death of 32-year-old Jon Sumpter, of Silver Lake.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that a hunter found Sumpter’s body Jan. 31 about a half-mile south of the Nebo State Fishing Lake.
Morse said Sumpter was believed to be the suspect in a December kidnapping in which the victim escaped. The following day, the stolen sport utility vehicle that was believed to have been used in the kidnapping was found. It was located about three-fourths of a mile from where Sumpter’s shirtless body was later found.
Authorities believe Sumpter died weeks before his body was discovered.