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Human remains found in rural Osage County identified as missing person from Topeka

Topeka man arrested, charged with murder

Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells has reported that human remains found June 16, 2020, in rural Osage County have been identified as a missing man from Topeka, and another Topeka man has been arrested in connection with the death.

The sheriff’s office reported in a press release that DNA analysis completed in December confirmed the remains were those of Darius Emmanuel Calvert, 28, who was reported as a missing person in May 2019.

The Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office announced they had filed a charge of premeditated murder in the first-degree against Claude Rafeal Kearse, 38, in connection with the death of Calvert. Kearse was booked into the Shawnee County Jail around 11:15 a.m. today, March 19, 2021.

On June 18, 2020, then Osage County sheriff Laurie Dunn reported her office had responded June 16 to a report of a bone found near 205th Street and Lewelling Road, near a popular fishing spot on U.S. Army Corps of Engineer property along Dragoon Creek. Dunn said the bone had been viewed by the coroner’s office and a forensic anthropologist, and was determined to be human.

At the time, the area was secured for a detailed search, with the sheriff’s office assisted at by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Mission Township Fire Department dive team, Missouri Search and Rescue K-9, and a cadaver dog from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. Nothing else was found on land or in the water, Dunn reported, and the area was released the next day.

See related story: Human bone found near rural Osage County fishing spot; identity, age unknown

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