Teen found #dead on porch in #North Kansas City was person of interest in 2016 #homicide


North Kansas City police are investigating the apparent shooting death of a man found early Monday on the front porch of an apartment building as a homicide.

The victim was identified as Zachary Thomas Murphy, 19, of Gladstone. Officers were called to the residence in the 2300 block of Oliver Drive at 2:46 a.m. on a shots fired call when they found the victim, said Maj. James Bagley.

The cause of death has not been released but it appears that Murphy died from gunshot wounds. No suspect information was available.

Murphy was a person of interest in the September 2016 shooting death of Logan C. Minton, 22, of Riverside. Minton was found shot to death near Armour Road and Knox Street in North Kansas City. Authorities believe that Minton was abducted in Kansas City before the shooting.

Investigators said they believe Murphy had information about who may have shot Minton but he refused to cooperate with investigators. The shooting death of Minton remains unsolved.

Anyone with information should call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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