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Authorities investigating possible human remains found at Big Eleven Lake

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The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating possible human remains found at Big Eleven Lake Friday afternoon.  

Big Eleven Lake is located just east of North 11th Street and Washington Blvd. in Kansas City, Kansas.  

It was around 4 p.m. when a concerned citizen notified the sheriff's department. 

A fire department search team was brought to the area and confirmed that remains were found spread out in a weeded area along the shoreline and in the water of the lake.   

That concerned citizen turned out to be the family of William "Bucky" Boyd Jr.

The retired veteran came to the lake almost every day to sit and drink beer, but always went home afterward.

Three weeks ago, he didn't come home. A week and a half later, they said his EBT card was swiped at a location where he's never been before.

"Somebody used all his food stamps at the Price Chopper on Roe,” said Charmaine Lewis, Boyd's niece. “He never uses all his food stamps and he's never gone as far as Roe."

Earlier this week, a woman called about their flyer and told the family that he was at the lake the day he went missing. 

She told the family she saw Boyd in a certain location, which is actually right above where deputies removed the remains on Friday. She told them he refused her offer for a ride and that he was heavily intoxicated.

That sparked their concern and had them call to search. 

"Just praying that it's not him,” said Lashonda Haskell, Boyd's niece. “They won't tell us anything. We're just here."

"They said that he was over there, he was staggering, he kept falling,” she explained.

The sheriff's office said that it will likely be a week before they determine if the remains are human or not.

Now the family is faced with waiting, wondering, and pleading for answers.

"I pray to God that my uncle is not gone,” Nikki Ivory said. “But if my uncle is gone, just let us know where he is so we can give him the proper resting place."

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