The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the death of an unidentified person found Friday morning on Interstate 70 in Russell County. After initially being investigated as a vehicle vs. pedestrian hit-and-run, the case is now being investigated as a suicide.
Troopers Ben Gardner and Tod Hileman of the Kansas Highway Patrol posted information Friday on Twitter. It was first reported that shortly after 5 a.m., a deceased person was located on I-70 in eastbound lanes in Russell County. An unoccupied parked vehicle was found on the shoulder of the highway.
KHP searched for another vehicle with front-end damage, which officers originally believed to have left the scene. It was located laster in the morning and officers said the death was not a hit and run as originally believed.
The KHP Critical Highway Accident Response Team diagrammed the scene.
Hileman said the name of the deceased person is not being released at this time.