The victim of a homicide discovered April 7 in the 200 block of Donovan Avenue has been identified, according to Kansas City, Kansas, police.
The victim was Cristian Escutia, 19 years old, of Kansas City, Missouri, a police spokesman said. The family has been notified.
Escutia was found deceased in the street from an apparent gunshot wound, police stated. He would have turned 20 in three more days.
Last week, the Jackson County, Missouri, prosecutor’s office announced that Marco A. Sosa-Perea, 21, of Kansas City, Kansas, faced kidnapping and armed criminal action charges in connection with the April 3 disappearance of Escutia.
Escutia was seen near 3rd and Chelsea Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, with an unknown man pointing a gun at him, demanding he get into a light blue Chrysler Pacifica, the prosecutor’s office stated. Surveillance cameras captured the incident, according to the prosecutor’s charging documents.
A witness told police the defendant was driving the vehicle on Monday, April 3.
Two other men were in the vehicle, and Sosa-Perea was driving it, according to the probable cause statement. Escutia was driven to an area near a park off Quindaro Boulevard in Kansas City, Kansas, according to the probable cause statement.
Escutia was forced out of the vehicle in Kansas City, Kansas, where shots were fired at him, the prosecutor’s office stated. Law enforcement was actively seeking Sosa-Perea in connection with the case.