Unclaimed Bodies

The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office is attempting to find any family or friends of the following individuals: 

Gary Bassett, a 53-year-old white male who was found deceased at his residence on the 300 block of Paseo Blvd in Kansas City, MO.  

John Barnes, a 65-year-old black male who was found deceased at his residence on the 1600 block of Jackson Ave in Kansas City, MO.

Martin Wells, a 48-year-old white male who was found deceased near the Residence Inn by Marriott in Kansas City, MO. He was known to be homeless.

Phillip Morris, a 72-year old black male who was found deceased at his residence on the 9th block of East 34th St. in Kansas City, MO.

Dannie Striplin, a 62-year-old white male who was found deceased at his residence on the 300 block of North Oakley Ave in Kansas City, MO.

Jerry Fitch, a 75-year old white male who was found deceased at his residence on the 3400 block of 7th St. in Kansas City, MO.

Ross Ranta, a 57-year-old white male who was found deceased near the 12000 block of East 40 Hwy in Independence, MO. He was known to be homeless.

Jaquline Belcher-Pratt, a 60-year-old black female who was found deceased at her residence on the 900 block of East Armour Blvd in Kansas City, MO.

Peter Benton, a 63-year old white male who was pronounced deceased at Lee’s Summit Medical Center; originally from Greenwood Missouri.

Thanh Nguyen, a 53-year old Asian male was found deceased at his residence on the 5600 block of Hardesty Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri

Anyone with any information regarding any of the above individuals, please contact the on-duty investigator at 816-881-6600.


The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office seeks the assistance of the public to help locate next of kin and/or friends to claim remains. Efforts are made to locate next of kin to claim the body, including posts here and short newspaper notices submitted locally. If no responses are generated, the process of a county burial will begin for the county to take jurisdiction and begin county disposition procedures.

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If you have any information or questions, please call 816-881-6600 and speak with an on-duty investigator.