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Authorities determine body found in Missouri River four years ago was Lawrence man

Authorities have determined that a body that was found in the Missouri River four years ago is that of a missing Kansas man.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that DNA was used to help identify the
remains of Phillip Owen Morgan.  The Lawrence man was 38 when he was
reported missing on June 11, 2015. Three days later, the body of an unidentified drowning victim was found near the Missouri town of Hartsburg, which is about 10 miles northeast of Jefferson City.

Several people told police that Owen liked to hike near the Kansas River, which
was flooding when he disappeared.  It dumps into the Missouri River in the Kansas
City area.

Former Lawrence Police Detective Warren Burket, who worked the case before retiring from the force, said he always hoped to go back to Morgan’s parents with good news, but said he is very glad that they have closure.

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