HOLTON, Kan. Authorities say a body found in rural Jackson County Sunday is that of a man who was suspected in a Christmas Eve kidnapping and vehicle theft in Topeka.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says a hunter contacted them shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday to report finding the body around seven miles east southeast of Holton, near the Nebo State Fishing Lake.
Sheriff Tim Morse said the Jackson County Coroner was called in, and the body was transported to Frontier Forensics in Kansas City for an autopsy.
Monday night, Morse said the man was identified as Jon Paul Sumpter, 32, of Silver Lake.
Topeka Police say that Sumpter was a suspect in a Christmas Eve domestic incident. TPD says that he surprised a woman outside her home in the 200 block of SW Woodlawn. They say he forced the woman into a stolen SUV and drove around the county threatening her. The victim was bale to jump out of the vehicle and get help at Vail and Lower Silver Lake Road.
Morse said that on Christmas Day, 2015, deputies recovered the stolen black 2005 Ford Escape in the area of 214th and Y Road, about three-quarters of a mile from where Sumpter's body ultimately was found.
Morse said it is believed Sumpter was the suspect in the kidnapping case.
Missing persons investigation continues
Morse said this case has no connection to their search for Joan Rebar.
Rebar was last seen Sept. 25 in Meriden. Officials believe that she may have been driving to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation.
Rebar is described as a 70-year-old Native American female, 5'6", 230 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.
She may have been driving a 2005 silver Chrysler Pacifica with Kansas disabled tag 71664.
Anyone with information on her disappearance is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 785-364-2251.