UPDATE: (07/15/09)The victim has been identified as 50-year-old James L. Rodgers of Kansas City, Mo. Police are still seeking information in the case and ask anyone who has some to call the TIPS Hotline.
At 8:46 a.m. Monday, July 6, officers were called to 40th & Norton in regard to an ambulance call. The caller advised a van had been parked there for several days, and there was a foul odor. Officers responded and observed a decomposing body inside the abandoned van. They originally investigated the incident as a death, but it has now been ruled a homicide. Detectives are still working to identify the body. The victim is a black male in his 50's.
Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline 816.474.8477.