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Update on Scammon Death Investigation

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Updated March 24, 2015 - Press Release from Cherokee County Sheriff's Office:

Just after 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23rd, 2015, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a field near Main and Katy on the north edge of Scammon. Upon their arrival, deputies discovered the body of 35 year-old Shannon Fonda of Midland, Texas.

The scene was secured and investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and Kansas Bureau of Investigation arrived a short time later.

Customarily with unattended deaths, investigations are conducted with the thoroughness of homicide investigations, unless or until the facts and evidence prove them to be otherwise.

In that regard, the scene was processed, as was Ms. Fonda's vehicle, which was found at the same location.

In addition, an autopsy was performed in Kansas City on Tuesday morning and it was determined that Ms. Fonda died from shock and complications due to burns on her body.

Investigators continue to look into the circumstances surrounding Ms. Fonda's death.

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Authorities identify the name of a woman found dead this morning in a field in Southeast Kansas.

Processing at the crime scene near the intersection of Main and Katy Street in Scammon, KS has come to a close.

Officials confirm the victim is 35-year-old Shannon Fonda of Midland, Texas.

Fonda was found dead at the scene early Monday morning.

Officials believe she had been in the Scammon area for 30 to 36 hours prior to being found at the scene.

They're asking anyone who has had contact with Fonda during that time to contact the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

"Regardless of how insignificant you may think it is, if someone has had contact with her, we would like to know the location, things she might have been doing, to put together a timeline here," said Sheriff David Groves, Cherokee County.

Officials say they cannot verify whether it is a homicide investigation until after an autopsy is conducted in Kansas City on Tuesday morning.

"At this time, we're not releasing any cause of death," Groves said. "We understand there may be rumors going around, but unfortunately to maintain the integrity of the investigation, we're not able to release the cause of death until it's been declared by the coroner."

Area residents have expressed concern.

"It's too close to home," said Kayla Kloer, resident. "For my child's safety and my safety, it just scares me."

"Anymore, you almost always need to have safety on the forefront of your mind, and be wary of those you're not familiar with," Groves said.

Authorities confirm there is no indication of any connection between the victim and property owner.

"I'm surprised that it happened in Scammon, and too close to my family," Kloer said.

"Nothing of this magnitude happens here, so we certainly want the residents to know we are aware of any concerns they may have," Groves said. "They'll absolutely see an increase in law enforcement presence."

Next of kin has been notified.

Authorities are asking anyone who saw or talked to Fonda in recent days to call the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office at (620) 429-3992, or (800) KS-CRIME.
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