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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Police investigate hotel death as homicide

  • Authorities are conducting a homicide investigation after a man was found dead in a Leavenworth hotel room, a police spokesman said.
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  • Local authorities are conducting a homicide investigation after a man was found dead in a Leavenworth hotel room, a police spokesman said.
    Hotel staff found Robert G. Lynch, Jr., dead around 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Days Inn, 3211 S. Fourth St., and called authorities, said Maj. Dan Nicodemus, Leavenworth Police Department deputy chief.
    Nicodemus said Lynch's injuries appeared suspicious, but the deputy chief did not release additional information about the nature of the injuries.
    Nicodemus said he does not know how long Lynch had been dead before his body was discovered.
    An autopsy was performed Friday afternoon, but there was no information available about the cause of death.
    Nicodemus said Lynch, who is from Leavenworth, had been staying at the Days Inn for several days. The deputy chief said he does not know if Lynch was staying at the hotel alone.
    Nicodemus said investigators do not have any suspects.
    "We're still in the middle of the investigation," Nicodemus said.
    Police had been searching for Lynch's pickup truck, but the vehicle was located around noon Friday in the 100 block of South 17th Street.
    Nicodemus said the truck had been abandoned.
    "We'll process it," Nicodemus said.
    Anyone who has information about the case is asked to call Det. Tesh St. John with the Leavenworth Police Department at (913) 651-2260. People also can provide information anonymously by calling (913) 682-2583.
    The last homicide in the city of Leavenworth was the July 13 shooting death of Dick Mathis, Nicodemus said.
    Mathis was accidentally shot when Justin Driscoll tried to hand him a handgun while inside a vehicle.
    In January, Driscoll was sentenced to more than three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

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