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Family members speak out on Chiefs fans who were found dead in friend's backyard after shocking update emerges

Family members speak out on Chiefs fans who were found dead in friend's backyard after shocking update emerges

Clayton McGeeney, Ricky Johnson and David Harrington were found dead and frozen after gathering to watch the football game

Family members of three Kansas City Chiefs fans who were found dead in a backyard in Missouri have spoken out after authorities confirmed updates on the case.

The question of what happened to Clayton McGeeney, Ricky Johnson and David Harrington has plagued friends and family members ever since they were first found in the backyard of their friend Jordan Willis’ home in Kansas City, MO.

The trio were discovered dead and frozen on Willis' property on January 9, two days after they were last seen alive inside the house where they had gathered to watch the Chiefs take on the Los Angeles Chargers.

Autopsies and toxicology reports for three men were completed in 'late January', according to a representative from Frontier Forensics Midwest LLC who spoke to Fox News Digital, but the results were suppressed at the time in light of an ongoing investigation.

Six months on from their deaths, family members have spoken out and claimed they've had a hard time getting answers from authorities.

Jennifer Marquez, the mother of David Harrington, told FOX4: "Through this whole thing I’ve had a hard time getting anybody to answer me."

The three men were found dead in the backyard. (FOX4 News Kansas City)
The three men were found dead in the backyard. (FOX4 News Kansas City)

Jim McGeeney, the uncle of Clayton McGeeney, added: "My nephew died a tragic death along with two of his friends and nobody is being held accountable."

The family members spoke out as Forensic Medical of Kansas revealed that the preliminary toxicology reports, which were released to the families and showed cocaine and fentanyl in the systems of the three men, have since been finalized.

In spite of the update, the medical examiner has still not released the official cause and manner of the men's deaths, leaving their families in the dark.

Kelsie Gwartney, the chief of investigations and administrator at Forensic Medical of Kansas, confirmed: "All three autopsy reports were certified on January 31, 2024."

Family members have been left frustrated over the lack of answers. (FOX4 News Kansas City)
Family members have been left frustrated over the lack of answers. (FOX4 News Kansas City)

Speaking in two separate statements, Gwartney added: "Yes, our office finalized cause and manners of death for all three of the referenced decedents.

"All three cases are under suppression status and not open records available for release at this time."

Considering the amount of time that has passed since the deaths and the lack of updates from police and prosecutors, a lawyer close to the families expressed belief to FOX4 that charges in the case may never come.

Sharing the families' frustrations, McGeeney said: "If your car blew up right now what happened, well, they’re going to find out what happened.

"If a plane crashes what are they going to do, get the black box, they can find out what happened, but with this, three dead men, they don’t do anything, it appears they don’t do anything and if they are, let us know."

The investigation into the deaths remains open. In a statement to UNILAD, the Platte County Prosecutor’s Office commented: "This matter remains under active investigation. To protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we are unable to share details of the investigation at this time.

"We know the families of these three men want answers, and the Kansas City Police Department and my office are turning over every stone to try to obtain those answers."

UNILAD has contacted the Kansas City Missouri police for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook / FOX4 News Kansas City

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs, US News, Health