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Missing Wichita man found dead in Marion County

Missing Wichita man found dead in Marion County

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Update: A missing Wichita man has been found dead in Marion County, the sheriff’s office confirmed. James Lightfoot was 38 years old. He was reported missing last Wednesday (June 19) and found a week later in a search that followed the discovery of his pickup truck partially submerged in a pond west of Lake Marion.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said around 5 p.m. Monday, a deputy responded to a local farmer’s report of seeing a silver Dodge truck partially in a pond. The deputy located the vehicle with Lightfoot registration, and during the investigation, the deputy learned the 38-year-old man was reported missing from Sedgwick County.

On Monday evening, a Kansas Highway Patrol aircraft searched the area but did not spot Lightfoot, the sheriff’s office said. The next day, the sheriff’s office contacted a Sedgwick County K-9 cadaver team to assist in the search that began at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Just after 10:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office said one of the cadaver dogs led the team to a location where it found a body. The KBI responded and the body was positively identified as Lightfoot.

“The investigation revealed no signs of foul play,” the sheriff’s office said.

The pickup truck belonging to a Wichita man who had been missing for more than a week was found Monday in a pond west of Lake Marion. Marion County record Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports.

James Wayne Lightfoot, 38, was reported missing on June 19 and was last known to have traveled to Junction City from Wichita. The page devoted to sharing information about missing persons in Missouri and Kansas said Lightfoot’s last known location was Newton.

The Marion County Record reported that Lightfoot’s Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was found 20 to 30 feet in the pond and that a deputy said the water was “halfway up the tires.” The newspaper quoted the Marion County undersheriff as reporting that the keys were not in the truck and that Lightfoot “more than likely had someone come get him.”

The Marion County Record reported that Lightfoot was not found after an hours-long search that followed the discovery of his truck.

Police are asking anyone with information about Lightfoot’s whereabouts to call 911. He is described as standing about 5′11 and weighing about 250 pounds. Lightfoot has brown hair and blue eyes.