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Homicide case unsolved

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

Though a person of interest was taken into custody for a time, there have been no charges filed in the homicide of a Platte County man that occurred on Nov. 1.

Francisco Javier Vargas III, 27, died of multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities tell The Landmark Vargas was found in the kitchen of his home, located at 6602 Twin Springs Road. That address is just north of Parkville along Hwy. 9, not far from the intersection of Hwy. 9 and Hwy. 45.

On Thursday, authorities said a person of interest had been taken into custody in regard to the case. That man was arrested in Kansas City, Ks. by the Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas City, Ks. police around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Under Kansas law, authorities had 48 hours in which to hold him before charges had to be filed or he would be released. No charges were filed, Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd told The Landmark on Sunday evening, and the case remains under investigation.

Captain Erik Holland of the Platte County Sheriff’s Department said Vargas was found by his girlfriend at about 6:55 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The Kansas City Metro Squad was called in to assist with the investigation. The Metro Squad is a component of the metro police chiefs and sheriff’s association and its member agencies. Sixteen additional detectives from those agencies were activated to aid in the investigation.

Typically the Metro Squad will investigate for three days. Holland said in this case the Metro Squad stayed active for four days. The squad wrapped up its reports and turned the case back over to the Platte County Sheriff’s Department late last week after the person of interest had been taken into custody, Holland said.

Follow The Landmark on Twitter @ivanfoley for any updates in the investigation.