Former Osage City housing manufacturer found dead in plant’s parking lot

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – The Osage City Police Department has reported that John Samples, former owner of Kan-Build, in Osage City, was found dead Thursday afternoon in the parking of the manufacturing facility, which is now an electronics recycling plant.

In a Facebook post Friday, police chief Fred Nech said officers were dispatched at 4:37 p.m. June 23 to the plant at 126 Nichols Road, after an employee of Asset Lifecycle discovered Samples in his vehicle.

On arrival officers found Samples, 65, of Topeka, deceased from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound, sitting inside his vehicle. A letter was discovered in the vehicle addressed to a friend.

Samples was transported to Kansas City for an autopsy to further verify and conclude the investigation, Nech said in the post.

Samples was the former owner of Kan-Build, which manufactured houses and ceased operations in 2011. In 2013, the city of Osage City filed a lawsuit against Samples as a result of an unpaid $735,000 loan. The manufacturing plant has housed Asset Lifecycle since 2014.

“If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK,” Nech said in the Facebook post.

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