Detectives searching Independence home, in Arrowhead parking lot 'suspicious death' investigation


Police are investigating a "suspicious death" at Arrowhead.
  • Police are investigating a "suspicious death" at Arrowhead.
Kansas City police are now calling the death at Arrowhead Stadium a "suspicious death." 

Just after 7 p.m. Sunday, Police Chief Darryl Forte sent a tweet saying: "Detectives investigating a homicide at Arrowhead Stadium. Two suspects in custody. Will update as info becomes available."

Here's what we now know from the KCPD. Police have three "persons of interest" in custody, but they're expected to be released later today. An autopsy will be performed on the victim - said to be a white man in his 20s  - to determine his cause of death. Meanwhile, detectives are searching a home in the 400 block of North Ponca Drive in Independence for evidence after receiving a tip.

Police are still seeking tips from witnesses (call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477). 

UPDATE: Police say the "three persons of interest have been released pending further investigation." The man who died has been identified as 30-year-old Kyle A. Vanwinkle, of Smithville, Missouri. His cause of death has yet to be determined as his body showed no signs of obvious trauma. Detectives are waiting for the results of an autopsy and toxicology screen, which could take between four and six weeks to receive.

Here's how the incident went down, according to police: Around 5:20 p.m., officers were called to Lot A at Arrowhead while the Broncos-Chiefs game was going on. Officers were told that a man was taken to a local hospital in critical condition; he later died. The man was reportedly found inside a green Jeep that didn't belong to him. He was confronted by the Jeep's owner, leading to a struggle. The man collapsed and was rushed to a local hospital. Doctors told police that there were no obvious signs of the man's cause of death.  

Forte later tweeted: "Incident did not involve any fan rivalry."

The suspicious death occurred on the first anniversary of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide. Belcher shot and killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at their home, drove to Arrowhead and committed suicide in front of Chiefs' personnel outside the team's practice facility.

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