Body Found in Shawnee County Identified

A body found this spring in Shawnee County was that of a man who was last seen in Topeka in 2018, police say.

The body was identified as Gregory McGovern, who was last seen in June 2018, KAKE reported.

Friends said he lived in the Topeka area, but would also spend several months in the Jacksonville, Florida, area.

The body was found in April along the Kansas River in Shawnee County.

A backpack that belonged to McGovern also was found.

Topeka police, aided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, submitted samples for DNA testing.

Topeka Police Chief Bill Cochran said forensic scientists were able to match DNA from McGovern’s family with the bones this month.

Nothing suspicious was found with the bones, Cochran said.