Body of missing McPherson man found at Marion Reservoir

The McPherson Police Depart?ment reported Monday that the body of a missing McPherson man was discovered near a secluded campsite at Marion Reservoir. Family later identified the victim as Justin John Milne, 30.

On Sunday, McPherson police received information that Milne may have been a victim of foul play. Officers attempted to locate Milne and his black 1998 Chevy Tahoe.

At about 6:40 p.m., Marion County Emergency Communications received a call advising of a vehicle fire at Marion Reservoir near Kanza and 220th. Sherriff officers and fire personnel responded and discovered a black Chevy Tahoe engulfed in flames.

Contacted earlier by McPherson police that a black Tahoe may have been involved in a homicide in their city, Marion County officials confirmed the identity of the vehicle and secured the scene. MPD officers and the KBI responded to assist with the investigation, which continued through the night.

Two individuals were detained that evening near the scene of the burned vehicle. One person was placed into the Marion County Jail on a hold for the MPD and the other was transported by that department back to McPherson.

Early the next morning a body was located about a mile and a half northeast of the burned vehicle near Limestone and 230th. This second scene was secured and processed for possible evidence. The body was sent to Wichita for a forensic autopsy. Monday afternoon the individual detained in Marion County Jail was transported to McPherson by MPD officers.

An autopsy revealed that Milne died of multiple gunshot wounds. On Tuesday, the McPherson county attorney’s office charged 24-year-old Dustin T. Smith with premeditated first degree murder in the death of Milne. Bond was set at $400,000.? The McPherson county attorney does not anticipate filing murder charges on anyone other than Smith.

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