Independence Police Department
223 N. Memorial Drive
Independence, MO 64050-3013
Public Information Office
Officer Tom Gentry
For immediate release: March 4, 2015
The person who was found deceased on Sunday, February 22, 2015, along a wooded area in the vicinity of 24 Hwy and Grand in Independence, Mo, has been identified by the Jackson County Medical Examiner as Mr. Ward Appleby, white male, 46 yrs old.
There was no apparent suspicious cause of death at the scene. Police are awaiting the Medical Examiner’s report disclosing the cause of death.
Mr. Appleby’s family has been notified.