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Missing Basehor man found dead, Silver Alert canceled

Donald L. Pursley (KBI)
Donald L. Pursley (KBI)(WIBW)
Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 10:10 PM CDT
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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (WIBW) – After a missing Basehor man was found dead at a Leavenworth Co. lake on Friday evening, the Statewide Silver Alert issued for him was canceled.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says it has canceled a statewide Silver Alert after Donald Pursley, 77, of Basehor, was found dead on Friday night, Sept. 24, at the Leavenworth State Fishing Lake in Tonganoxie.

The Bureau said it extends its sincere condolences to Pursley’s family and friends.

A Silver Alert was triggered on Friday, Sept. 24, after Pursley had not returned home since Sept. 21,

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said the whereabouts of Donald L. Pursley, 77, were unknown, and the public’s assistance was requested to help locate him.

Pursley was described as a white male, 5 ft. 10 in. tall, weighing around 170 lbs. He had grey hair and hazel eyes.

Officials said Pursley was last seen driving a silver 2003 Toyota Tacoma, with Kansas Veterans tag 59982. The pickup truck had USMC and POW stickers on the rear window.

KBI said Pursley left his home on Sept. 21 around 11 a.m. to go fishing and had not been since. He was wearing a dark-colored USMC ball cap and jeans.

Pursley’s family reported him missing Friday evening, Sept. 24, and shared that he sometimes fished at Lake Perry in Jefferson County, or Smithville Lake in Missouri.

This is the second Statewide Silver Alert within a week that has been canceled following the death of the missing resident.

Donald L. Pursley, 77 (KBI)
Donald L. Pursley, 77 (KBI)(WIBW)

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