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Search warrants executed in shooting investigation
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Law enforcement officers followed up several leads Saturday after learning about the shooting death of Damon Galyardt, Sheriff Greg Armstrong said Tuesday.

The body of the 25-year-old Great Bend man was discovered by hunters Saturday morning. The case is being investigated as a possible first-degree murder in a joint effort by the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, Great Bend Police Department and Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

In a statement released Tuesday, the BCSO reported a search warrant was executed at 8:05 p.m. Saturday at a Great Bend address, in connection with Galyardt’s shooting death.

Officers secured the area earlier in the day while waiting for the warrant to search 1105 Stone St.

"After obtaining information from interviews a second warrant was executed, which provided law enforcement with some more information and evidence," the press release stated.

"Later that same day, a vehicle was recovered that may have been involved with the case. It is being held for forensic testing and no results are in at this time."

Earlier reports show hunters contacted the sheriff’s office at 8:47 a.m. Saturday after finding a body in a ditch on the north side of 250 SW 60 Road (6 miles south of Great Bend, and about 2.5 miles west), between the road and a row a trees. The victim was wearing black pants and had a blanket wrapped around him. One hunter reported tire tracks up to the body suggested it was dumped, but he said he didn’t go up and look at the body.