Archive for Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Probe continues into woman’s death

June 28, 2000

Leavenworth County officials continue their investigation into the death of a Kansas City, Mo., woman whose body was found floating in Stranger Creek near Linwood.

Jennifer A. Menger, 29, was positively identified through dental records last Friday three days after her nude body was seen floating down Stranger Creek and then into the Kansas River.

"We are being assisted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, which was requested by us," said Major Dave Zoellner, Leaven-worth County undersheriff.

"Leads are being followed up."

Zoellner released little information about Menger's death.

Officials have determined how she died, he said, but will not release that. She apparently was in the water for as little as a few hours or for as long as a few days, Zoellner said.

Two fishermen had seen Menger's body about 7:30 p.m. June 20 floating face-down in Stranger Creek, near the steel bridge just east of Linwood. Two officers, stationed on the County Road 2 bridge over the Kansas River, saw the body in the river. A boat from the city of Leavenworth's fire department, as well as a Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter aided in the rescue, as well as several other agencies.

Menger's body was recovered about 10:30 p.m., about two miles downstream from Stranger Creek.

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