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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Police: Homicide investigation ongoing

  • No arrests have been in a Leavenworth homicide case, and authorities don't have any suspects, a Leavenworth Police Department spokesman said.
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      • Robert G. Lynch Jr., was found dead Thursday at Days Inn, 3211 S. Fourth St.
      • His death is being investigated by the Leavenworth Police...
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      • Robert G. Lynch Jr., was found dead Thursday at Days Inn, 3211 S. Fourth St.


      • His death is being investigated by the Leavenworth Police Department as a homicide.


      • Police have no suspects.


      • A police report indicated a blunt object was used in the homicide.
  • No arrests have been in a Leavenworth homicide case, and authorities don't have any suspects, a Leavenworth Police Department spokesman said.
    Police continue to investigate the death of Robert G. Lynch Jr., 53. His body was discovered Thursday at Days Inn, 3211 S. Fourth St.
    Maj. Dan Nicodemus, Police Department deputy chief, said Lynch had injuries that appeared suspicious.
    An autopsy was performed Friday.
    Nicodemus said police have preliminary findings from the autopsy, but he did not release the cause of death.
    "It's just not the right time to talk about that part of the investigation," Nicodemus said.
    A police report indicates a blunt object was the weapon used in the homicide.
    The report also classifies the death as first-degree murder. However, prosecutors would make a determination about any murder charges filed in the case.
    The police report indicates Lynch was killed sometime between 6 p.m. May 21 and 11:20 a.m. the next day, which is when his body was discovered.
    Nicodemus said the timeline was based on information from witnesses. He said the autopsy was not able to narrow down the timeline.
    Lynch was from Leavenworth. Nicodemus said Lynch apparently was staying at the hotel while transitioning between two residences.
    Nicodemus said Lynch checked into the hotel by himself but "we don't know if he was there alone or not."
    Hotel staff found his body.
    Police initially could not locate Lynch's pickup truck, but it was found abandoned Friday in the 100 block of South 17th Street.
    The truck was found near a church.
    Nicodemus said a member of the church thought the vehicle had a breakdown and contacted police.
    "Right now, we don't have any information about how it got there," Nicodemus said of the truck.
    He said investigators are still going through surveillance video footage obtained from the hotel and nearby businesses.
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