Suspect in law enforcement chase from last week identified

The investigation into the whereabouts of an individual who jumped into the Kansas River on April 5 continues.  A news release Wednesday from Pottawatomie County Sheriff Greg Riat indicates the Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks continue efforts to locate the male who had been in a high speed chase, crashed into a Pottawatomie County Sheriff Patrol vehicle, then jumped into the Kansas River off of the Belvue River bridge.

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 The missing man, who has been tentatively identified by family members as Tyler Gibson of the Topeka area, is likely in the Kansas River, however his location is still considered unknown. Sheriff Riat adds the investigation into this matter does continue, along with searching of the area where the missing male was last seen. Search efforts have included flights by the Kansas Highway Patrol Aircraft and watercraft by the Sheriff Offices and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks as well as initial ground searches with Law Enforcement and K-9.

A name for the missing person has been provided to the Detectives working this case but Riat says the identity will not be released until positive identification has been made. Again, family members are claiming it’s likely Tyler Gibson.


Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office at 765-3323,  the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office at 457-3353 or the Kansas Highway Patrol at 296-3102.

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