CEDAR RAPIDS — A missing Walker man’s body was found buried in a yard in southeast Cedar Rapids on Friday, his family said.
Linn County Sheriff’s Office investigators said no positive identification has been made, but Christopher Bagley’s father confirmed to The Gazette that the body found is the 31-year-old missing since December.
Stewart Bagley also posted a statement on Facebook saying, “It is with heart felt sorrow the Bagley family has to announce that the body of Chris has been found. The family would like to thank everyone for their help, kind thoughts, prayers, over the last 76 days. Thank you so much.”
Christopher Bagley was last seen in Cedar Rapids on Dec. 14.
The sheriff’s office is not confirming whether the body found is Bagley, only saying “it appears the body may have connection to the disappearance” of Bagley, according to a news release Friday.
Sheriff Brian Gardner didn’t immediately respond Friday afternoon to an email asking for further clarification.
The body has been sent to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for an autopsy, officials said.
The sheriff’s office, along with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have been gathering information that led to finding the body, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
The investigation outside a home in the 4000 block of Soutter Avenue SE started Thursday, but authorities haven’t explained how the property is connected to Bagley or their investigation.
A state medical examiner vehicle arrived sometime Friday morning and an ambulance arrived in the afternoon.
Officials had a skid loader and other excavation equipment at the scene on Thursday, and a tent was set up Friday on the east side of the garage and a tarp was positioned on the ground.
Officials said The Linn County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office assisted with the recovery of the body.
Bagley, who left his home late the evening of Dec. 13, told his wife he’d be back shortly and left with someone his wife said she didn’t know, leaving behind his wallet and his truck, the sheriff’s office said in a Dec. 28 news release.
Bagley, a father of two, was seen early the morning of Dec. 14 in the Cedar Rapids area but had not been seen or heard from since.
Shortly after he went missing, Bagley’s family offered a $25,000 reward to find him.
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