Public’s help sought in Kansas parolee death investigation

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are seeking the public’s help investigating the death of a parolee whose remains were found near Wichita.

The Wichita Eagle reports that James Labat was last seen alive by a relative June 25, less than two weeks after he was released on parole in Sedgwick County. A hunter found his remains in December in a wooded area, and they were identified using dental records.

Capt. Greg Pollock of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office says authorities are working to pinpoint Labat’s movements after he was released from prison. The case isn’t classified as a homicide, although Pollock says the circumstances are considered suspicious.

A coroner’s ruling says Labat’s bones lacked any markings or injuries that would suggest how he died.

Labat had several convictions for burglary and drug offenses.



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