UPDATE: MAY 6, 2024

In an update to a news story we brought you last week about a death investigation at 5721 St. John Avenue. The identity of the deceased party is sixty-four year old Joseph Cooper of Kansas City, Mo. According to Police sources, no foul play was cited in his death.


Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) responded to St. John and Topping Ave. on a welfare check call April 22, 2024.

A neighbor notified police that the owner of the old shoe shop on the corner had not been seen in a while. Responding officers noted a strange smell and a swarm of flies.
After gaining entrance to the property, the body of an adult male was discovered. It is unknown at this time whether it is the owner.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any additional information is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS. (8477)