Human remains found in rural Ellsworth County identified as missing Salina man

On Tuesday, July 19, 2022, the Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a rural area in Ellsworth County for a report of a body found in a field. The Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Office responded and located human remains in an extreme state of decomposition. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was notified and responded to investigate the scene.

On Thursday, July 21, 2022, an autopsy was performed and the medical examiner determined the manner of death to be homicide.

On Friday, July 22, 2022, a forensic odonatologist was able to compare the dental records of Nathan Philip Thompson and the deceased body and confirm the identity of the body as that of Thompson. Next of kin have been informed of these developments.

The case will be reclassified as a homicide, and the investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information about the van and/or its driver is asked to contact the Salina Police Department, Crime Stoppers or the Tip line below.

If you have been in contact with Nathan Thompson since June 1, 2022, have information regarding his disappearance, or have information regarding the fire at 1635 Elgin, please contact the Salina Police Department at 785-826-7210. You can also call Crimestoppers at 785-825-TIPS or report online at:

Tipsters can also contact the Salina Police Department at (785) 826-7210 and ask to speak to Detective Lemon, case 2022-17281.

The Salina Police Department, during the investigation, developed information that the Chevrolet Express pickup truck below may have been used to facilitate the disappearance of Nathan Thompson. The Salina Police Department has the van in their possession. We are asking the public for any information they can provide regarding the van since June 9, 2022, especially any sightings in rural areas.

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