Human remains found six months ago on the outskirts of Lawrence, Kansas, were positively identified as those of Guy Wayne Collins, a 47-year-old Jackson County man who was reported missing last year.
In a statement Friday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announced that the remains had been positively identified by a lab report issued by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The sheriff’s office added that police suspected there was no malicious intent in Collins’ death.
Collins, of Buckner, was reported missing by family on July 8, 2021, two days after he was released from the custody of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He was put in jail on a Cass County Circuit Court order and posted $700 bail, records show.
On Jan. 31, two people called 911 after discovering what appeared to be human remains near a creek in the area of a Douglas County wetlands nature reserve. Other bones were near the water. The discovery sparked an investigation into the death by local police, which began with an attempt to identify the body.
Authorities did not disclose the suspected cause of death on Friday. In the statement, the sheriff’s office expressed its condolences to Collins’ family.