But still no word on the mysterious death of 24-year old Brian Euston in Westport earlier this month. Which isn’t to say, there is no developing news.
For starters the autopsy results Kansas City police say they’ve been waiting for are back.
“Yes, it is,” says KCPD captain Rich Lockhart. “But it doesn’t tell us who dunnit or how it happened. You have a cause of death and then a manner of death. The cause of death is what caused it – it’s the biological thing. And I don’t know that we would release that because it’s an ongoing investigation.
“Then you have the manner of death, which is how it happened – how did the person get the cause of death. And the manner of death is going to be (either) homocide – somebody killed him – or it’s an accident. And we don’t know what the manner of death is because this is like a puzzle and we’re still waiting for people to come forward with the pieces.”
Therein lies the problem.
Short of the key puzzle pieces coming to light, “We may get to the point where we have to guess what happened or the medical examiner could rule that the manner of death is inconclusive,” Lockhart says.
Police say there was a large crowd around Euston in a surveilance video – who was suffered a head injury in Westport and later died – but no indication of a fall, punch being thrown or beating.
As for the number of Euston’s head injuries, even that remains unclear.
“I think where we are right now is when you get a trauma, the whole face swells up,” Lockhart says.