Archive for Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Basehor teen, 16, dies in car crash

September 12, 2001

A 16-year-old Basehor boy who had been missing for two days was found dead Monday in a field adjacent to Parallel Parkway near 164th Street.

Marshall Norris was killed in what authorities described as a single-vehicle wreck along the stretch of road where the youth's body was found.

"It appears that only one vehicle was involved," said Maj. Dave Zoellner, with the Leavenworth County sheriff's office. "But it's too early to say what exactly happened."

Norris had been missing since Saturday night, family members said. He had been visiting his girlfriend in the Bonner Springs area Saturday, but never returned home.

Norris' family had contacted television stations and were in process of placing a missing-person ads in local newspapers Monday when passersby found the boy's body about 2:45 p.m. and reported it to police.

"A Basehor police officer went down and located the body," Zoellner said.

However, neither the officer nor sheriff's deputies who arrived later at the scene saw the Eagle Talon that Norris was last seen driving. The car was found about 30 feet off the south side of Parallel, turned on its side in a group of trees.

Zoellner said the car was hidden because it had struck a tree, which broke at impact and then fell on top of the vehicle.

BLHS Principal Bill Hatfield said the news of the accident sent a shock wave through the school.

"It's a tragedy for sure," Hatfield said. "It appears that he had several good friends at the school. You certainly hate to see something like this happen to a young person and his family."

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