Crime & Courts

Buried body still missing after Wichita police arrest murder suspect

Wichita police have arrested a murder suspect as detectives continue to search for a body that was allegedly buried outside the city last month.

Jeffrey Hill, 53, of Wichita, was arrested Monday by the Wichita Police Department on suspicion of second-degree murder, possessing methamphetamine, possessing narcotics, possessing marijuana and resisting arrest. He is being held in the Sedgwick County Jail.

The arrest comes after police received a tip Dec. 29 that Hill was allegedly involved in a killing at a home in the 2100 block of South Water earlier in December. The tipster also said the victim’s body was taken to an unknown location outside of Wichita and buried.

Capt. Brent Allred said investigators determined the victim was Jeffery Jones, 50, of Hutchinson, and evidence plus witness interviews led to Hill’s arrest.

He was pulled over while driving a 1999 Chevy Suburban near Harry and Seneca and ran from the SUV, but was captured after a short chase. Police found drugs during the traffic stop.

Hill and Jones were acquaintances, Allred said, but detectives are still trying to determine the motive behind the killing. He declined to elaborate on how the reporting party knew about Jones’s death. The is thought to have happened sometime during the first two weeks of December.

Police served a search warrant on the South Water house where they believe Jones died, but investigators have additional interviews to conduct.

“We have more people out there that we know have more information on this, and we need them to call us and let us know,” Allred said. “What we’d like to do is find the body of Mr. Jones, where he’s buried at, just to bring some closure to that.”

Police ask anyone with information on the case, including the location of Jones’ body, to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Hill has been to prison multiple times since the 1980s. His convictions include aggravated robbery, burglary, theft, drug possession, forgery, identity theft and trafficking contraband into a penal institution.

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