Body found in freezer in Kan. was Arizona trucker

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by The Associated Press and Natalie Brand

azfamily.com

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 1:04 PM

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Police say a body discovered in a freezer at a property in Kansas is an Arizona trucker who was reported missing in October.

The body of 53-year-old Lawrence Peter Muirhead was found Sunday inside the freezer in a garage behind a home in Kansas City, Kan.

"We’re certainly in shock," Rodney Walden, Muirhead's brother-in-law, told 3TV.

City police said Thursday Muirhead's death is considered a homicide. On Friday, Kansas City Police confirmed Muirhead was shot, before he was placed in the freezer.

Sgt. Emmet Lockridge also told 3TV police have a person or persons of interest in the case, but have not identified that person or named a suspect, just yet.

Muirhead's family reported him missing Oct. 1 when he didn't return home to Tucson after a trip to Pennsylvania. Relatives said their last contact with him was Sept. 28, when he called his wife.

"We know that he pulled off the main highway. We know that he had dinner later that day with someone he knew in the Kansas City area," Walden said.

The truck he was driving was found abandoned Oct. 4 in Merriam, Kan., 8 miles southwest of Kansas City.

The homeowner told reporters in Kansas that he had rented to a mother and her child and said the place did not have a freezer when he rented the place.

"I'm hearing that it was from someone they knew that brought the freezer over," said homeowner Don Moore. 'It was locked."

According to Kansas station KCTV, the woman said her boyfriend told her not to look inside the locked freezer. However, it was finally opened last weekend and the body found.

Muirhead's family says they have no idea why or who could have harmed the husband and father of four.

"He was a wonderful son, concerned about his family, and he had many, many friends and an outgoing type of person, concerned about others," his mother Alke Muirhead told 3TV.

Muirhead graduated from University of Arizona and studied engineering, according to his mother. She says he only recently got into the trucking business, following the recession.

Muirhead's Tucson home, where he lived with his wife and ran his business, is now for sale.

"I'm shocked. I'm totally shocked because he was a very good person," said Pat Smith, who lives near Muirhead's former home. "I'm so deeply, deeply upset and sad for them because they're beautiful people."

Muirhead's family said they could not talk about the police investigation but are confident in the Kansas City Police Department.

"We certainly hope that we’re able to get some answers and ultimately find the perpetrator or perpetrators of the crime and obviously bring those individuals to justice," said Walden.

Muirhead's loved ones say they have no idea why or who could have harmed him.

"He had a tremendous personality," Walden said. "Certainly a very giving person of his time, willing to help anyone he could."

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