Police Department

Victim Identified

Independence Police Department

223 N. Memorial Drive

Independence, MO 64050-3013

Public Information Office

Officer Tom Gentry

(816) 325-7258


News Release


For immediate release:  March 4, 2015

 Victim Identified


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.