UPDATE: Sheriff Says Body Found In De Soto That Of Missing Man

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A body found in rural northeast Kansas has been identified as that of an Olathe man missing since October 20th.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday there’s no evidence of criminal activity in the unattended death of 22-year-old Brad Cook. A pedestrian found Cook’s body Tuesday in rural De Soto.

The discovery was made about two miles from where another unattended death was reported this week. In that case, a person was found dead in a carport outside a De Soto apartment complex.

Investigators have not revealed the cause of either death, and say they don’t believe the two cases are connected.


The lawyer for the family of a missing northeast Kansas man says a body found Tuesday matches the description of the man, who has been missing since Sunday.

Attorney Henry Cox says Johnson County sheriff’s deputies contacted the family of 22-year-old Brad Cook of Olathe on Tuesday to confirm what clothing Cook was wearing when he disappeared. Cox says the clothes on the body found in De Soto match what Cook was wearing.

Cox said deputies would not say anything about the cause of death. A medical examination will be conducted Wednesday.


A young man from Olathe seems to have disappeared into thin air.

22-year-old Brad Cook has been missing for over a week.

“We’re still following up on leads that are coming in and tracking down information about him and what was going on in Brad’s life just prior to his disappearance,” says Deputy Tom Erickson with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Cook was last seen leaving the home he shared with his sister at about 10:10 the night of Sunday, October 20th. He left without his cellphone and wallet and about 10 minutes later, someone, possibly Cook, pulled his motorcycle into a strip mall parking lot in De Soto and left it there unlocked.

Erickson says crews searched the area near where his motorcycle was located, but found no evidence of Cook.

Family members say he wasn’t depressed and none of his guns are missing.

Cook worked for a construction cleanup company by day and attended business classes at Johnson County Community College at night.