A Wichita man who had been missing since Saturday was found dead Thursday afternoon at an abandoned farmstead near Hesston.


This story first appeared in the Jan. 23 edition of the Kansan.

 

A Wichita man who had been missing since Saturday was found dead Thursday afternoon at an abandoned farmstead near Hesston.

 

Marcus Booker, 30, of Wichita was found in his car by a farmer working his field at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the 9600 block of Mission Road, which is one-half mile north of Dutch Avenue.

 

Wichita Police and the Harvey County Sheriff’s Department had been looking for Booker in Harvey County after his bloody phone was found Monday in a Harvey County field.

 

The search for Booker of Wichita began Saturday after his family reported receiving a text message at 1:06 p.m., indicating he might harm himself, according to a Wichita Police Department press release.

 

Booker recently had been struggling with lupus.

 

A man matching Booker’s description was seen between 12:20 and 2:20 p.m. Saturday at the Kechi Township Cemetery, 6501 N. Hillside St.

 

Police located blood at the site of Booker’s mother’s grave at the cemetery.

 

A Harvey County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched Monday to a field at Kansas and 60th streets in Harvey County after a farmer found a bloody phone, which was later determined to belong to Booker.

 

Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said deputies and members of Booker’s family searched the area but neither Booker nor his silver Mitsubishi were located.

 

Jim Sauerwein, senior investigator with the Harvey County Sheriff’s Department, said Booker was dead when sheriff’s officers arrived on the scene Thursday.

 

He said Booker appeared to have been deceased for some time when his body was found.

 

The cause of death has not been released, pending an autopsy, but Sauerwein said foul play was not suspected in the case.

 

Booker is survived by his wife and two young children of Wichita.