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Sunday, 19 January 2014 22:53

Identity of Lawrence homicide victim released; Lawrence woman still missing

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The Lawrence Police Department released the identity of a homicide victim Sunday afternoon. 52-year-old Harold Sasko of Lawrence was found in his home Saturday morning when police were searching for a missing Lawrence woman.

"We were able to look in a window and see an individual that appeared to be down on the floor and in distress," said Sgt. Trent McKinley, spokesman.

During the early morning hours on Saturday, police officers searched a home at 2905 West 26th Street after finding the body. According to McKinley, parents of a resident, 19-year-old Sarah Brooke Gonzalez McLinn, called police requesting help contacting their daughter after they were unable to reach her for several days.

"They were concerned about their daughter probably due to the late hour. They called us and wanted us to go over there with them to try and determine what was going on," McKinley said. "It had been about since mid-week that they lost touch with her and that was very atypical."

When police went to the home they were unable to locate McLinn and instead found Sasko's body.

"It appeared to the officers that he suffered violent injuries, so it was pretty clear from the onset of this that we going to be working a homicide," McKinley said.

Sasko's body was identified following an autopsy completed Saturday night. According to McKinley police are still exploring the relationship between the Sasko and McLinn but understand that they've known each other for a number of years. Friends and relatives of McLinn have some knowledge of Sasko and the relationship they had as far as being roommates, but police are continuing to ask for additional information.

During the investigation police also discovered Sasko's vehicle missing. It's a dark grey or blue four-door 2008 Nissan Altima. Investigators are seeking the car with the Kansas "In God We trust" license plate numbered AK149.

Police are trying to put together a timeline and continue the search to locate McLinn.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-TIPS. Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and callers with information leading to an arrest are eligible for a reward up to $1,000.