Police identify man who died at Chiefs' stadium

11:07 PM, Dec 2, 2013   |    comments
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Kansas City police on Monday searched the home of a man in Independence, Mo., who might have information about why and how another man died after a scuffle Sunday outside Arrowhead Stadium.

Police said Kyle A. Vanwinkle, a 30-year-old white male from Smithvillle, Mo., died after a struggle in the parking lot during the Chiefs' game against the Denver Broncos.

The cause of death is unknown and no obvious signs of trauma were found on Vanwinkle's body, Police spokesman Darin Snapp said.

"Since we know there was in fact a struggle/physical altercation, it will be investigated as a homicide until the cause of death is determined," Snapp said.

Snapp said detectives received information that evidence related to Vanwinkle's death was located at another unidentified man's residence in Independence. Police obtained a search warrant to search the home Monday and said they arrested the home's resident as a "person of interest." Police said he is expected to released Monday evening.

Three other "persons of interest" were taken into custody, but all have been released pending further investigation.

Autopsy results could take 4-6 weeks. Anybody who witnessed the incident is urged by police to call the TIPS Hotline at 816.474.8477.

Vanwinkle was inside a green Jeep not belonging to him when the owner of the vehicle found him there and a struggle ensued, police said. Vanwinkle then collapsed and was transported to a local hospital by the Kansas City Fire Department. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Tye Grant, another police spokesman, said he did not believe rooting interests to be a factor in the death.

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