Updated: KSD Alumni Matthew Calkins Death Investigated as Homicide


Updated Friday May 10, 2019 3:00 PM PST (Police confirmed identity of body)

Updated Friday May 10, 2019 2:00 PM PST (Updated on identity of body)

Updated: Wednesday May 8, 2019 9:30 AM PST (To clarify body has not been identified and add in statements obtained from the police and Chad Nystrom’s video has been added.)

Based on the Kansas City  community, it has been presumed that a body found in Northland KC is Matthew Calkins, a Kansas School for the Deaf alumni. KCTV5 announced on Monday that authorities are investigating after a body was found in the basement of a Northland home after a fire however according to the KCMO Police Department the body has not been positively identified. Upon arrival a fire was observed in the basement. While putting out the fire, a body was located by the fire dept. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Chad Nystrom, a well-known vlogger posted on his wall earlier is asking people to proceed with caution. “we don't know if that was Matt or some other guy. Waiting on DNA result to find out if that was Matt.” (Chad Nystrom) This is following an initial comment on his facebook wall saying, ”My old friend passed away it's my worst fear has come true. idk what to say anymore and prayer for his family.” (Chad)

According to comments, he had relocated back to Kansas City after some difficulties in his life. He was attempting to clean up his life.   

Police was called about 5:30 p.m. Sunday to the 5600 block of North Poe when someone called and said they heard gunshots. When officers arrived, they saw a fire in the basement.

His mother, Diane Calkins-Scroggins had posted on her facebook wall “My son was murdered Sunday night. The police just left. I am in shock. Please pray for us.” (message was shared via a screenshot on the Kansas School for the Deaf alumni page)

Chad Nystrom announced in a vlog on Friday, May 10, that the DNA results have come back and the body has been identified as Matthew Calkin. The Kansas City Police Department was contacted and this information has been confirmed by the KC Police Department. “The homicide victim is identified as Matthew Calkins W/M 04/23/1984 from Gardner KS.  Cause of death is not being released at this time. Charges are expected early next week.” (Officer Snapp)

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The Deaf Report will continue to cover the story as it develops.