An Independence police spokesperson, Officer John Syme, confirmed human remains have been recovered from a residence at the 4000 block of South Buckner Tarsney Road in unincorporated Grain Valley. The remains are connected to a missing person case out of Independence. Officials have been in contact with the family of the missing person and are not releasing the name of the victim at this time.
A large police presence, including the Independence Police Department, FBI, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and Grandview Police Department, searched the residential property in the morning hours of July 14th. Grain Valley Police Chief James Beale confirmed they were not involved in assisting in today’s search. The property is owned by Michael J. Hendricks and his spouse.
Hendricks was charged in May with a series of felonies, including two counts of enticement of a child less than 15 years old, two charges of first-degree sexual misconduct, a third degree count of child molestation involving a child less than 14 years old, one count of tampering with physical evidence and three counts of tampering with a victim in a felony prosecution.
Syme indicated updates would be posted to the Independence Police Department’s social media channels as information becomes available.