Missing Person Update

Media Release Date: 
12/09/2013

Lawrence, Kansas Police Department
Media Release
December 9, 2013

Missing Person – KU Student

At approximately 1:30pm this afternoon officers from the Lawrence Police Department were dispatched to a medical emergency in the 800 block of Avalon Road.  Upon arrival officers located the body of a male subject in the grass behind a home.  Coroner Scene Investigators responded and assisted officers in making a preliminary identification of the body.  Investigators believe the individual to be Gianfranco Villagomez-Saldana, a 23 year old University of Kansas graduate student who has been missing since early Saturday morning.  Preliminary information from the scene does not indicate foul play was involved in the death, however an autopsy and further investigation is planned for tomorrow. 

Family and friends were notified by officers late this afternoon.  At their request, they ask for privacy as they deal with this tragic loss.

The Lawrence Police Department thanks community members, friends, volunteers, and others who assisted in providing leads to the police, posting information on social media, and searching the area.  

Sergeant Trent McKinley
Public Affairs Officer