Man Missing From 32 Years Discovered Dead in Burning Car in Southwest Missouri

A man from Kansas City who disappeared from his home and family about 32 years ago was found dead in a burning car in Lebanon, Missouri in March. He was 71 years old.

Stephen Winn, who lived in Kansas City with his wife and children until 1991, was found by testing his DNA, the Lebanon police said in a statement on Tuesday. His death is thought to have been caused by himself, say the police.

Winn’s body was found on March 19 in Lebanon, a city of about 15,000 people about 176 miles southeast of Kansas City. Police there started an investigation.

Firefighters Were Called

Firefighters were called to a parking lot where a car was on fire. They found a Chrysler New Yorker from 1979 that was on fire. The fire was put out, and Winn’s body was found. An autopsy was ordered to find out what caused his death and find out who he was.

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Along with DNA evidence, the interviews that the investigators did lead them to believe that Winn had taken on the identity of his ex-wife and then used another name. It wasn’t clear right away why.

Police found Winn at an address in Camdenton, Missouri, where they found papers that also led them to think he killed himself.

As of Tuesday, the police said they were still waiting for the full autopsy report.

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