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ID sought for body found outside Kan. home

Published on -10/16/2013, 7:26 AM

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AUGUSTA, Kan. (AP) -- A southeast Kansas sheriff is hoping that fingerprints will identify a body partially hidden behind a home whose owner is in custody.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet tells KSNW-TV (http://bit.ly/1gIOIZs ) it's also possible the identity won't be known for weeks because the body is badly decomposed.

Officers found the body Monday in the backyard of a home southwest of Augusta after a neighbor requested a welfare check. The 54-year-old woman who owns the home was arrested on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter and other charges, and had a court appearance scheduled Wednesday.

Herzet said Tuesday the body appears to be an adult, but investigators weren't sure if it was male or female.

The sheriff says deputies have been to the home many times on domestic violence complaints.

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