Homicide victim’s friends wait for answers

By Bethany Knipp

Neighbors and friends of a man whose body was found Sunday are waiting for answers about the murder case.

John Burroughs, 68, was found dead in his Red Bud Estates trailer home after Riley County police were called to check on the man.

Police have ruled Burroughs’ death a homicide based on evidence that they have not released to the public.

Riley County Police Department Officer Matthew Droge said Burroughs’ body was found around 2:30 p.m. Sunday in his trailer at 2500 Farm Bureau Road, Lot 277.

Police indicated there were no additional developments in the investigation Tuesday.

A woman who identified herself as Burroughs’ friend and neighbor, but who would not provide her name, said the last time she or her husband saw Burroughs was Thursday night, Sept. 5.

The neighbor said Burroughs was a dishwasher at the Manhattan Country Club. A coworker there called police after Burroughs didn’t show up for work during the weekend.

Burroughs’ neighbor insisted he was a nice man who was always happy and smiling. She said he used to come over and mow her lawn, and that Burroughs attended her wedding in July.

Burroughs’ neighbor’s husband, who also wouldn’t give his name, said he had known the victim for three years, and that his family acted as Burroughs’ caretakers — occasionally giving him rides to work or taking him to the grocery store.

“It’s just so heartbreaking. I’ve never been close to anybody that’s ever been hurt like this,” the neighbor said. “He’s not a violent person. I fully trusted that man being around my wife and my stepson.”

RCPD detectives put yellow tape across Burroughs’ door Monday afternoon. Without knowing exactly what happened, Burroughs’ neighbor said she is scared about what happened across the street.

“I have my gun sitting out,” she said.

Droge said anyone with information about the murder should call RCPD at 785-537-2112 or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777. Callers may remain anonymous. There is a reward for information for up to $1,000.

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