UPDATE: Death of Man Found Near Great Bend Investigated As 1st Degree Murder

~ By Steve Webster

A 1st Degree Murder investigation is underway after the body of a 25-year-old Great Bend man was found on Saturday.

Just before 9am on Saturday morning, Barton County Communications received a phone call regarding a body that was found on Southwest 60 Road between 20 and 30 Avenue, where Barton County Sheriff’s Officers later arrived at the scene. The body was identified as that of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt.

Barton County Sheriff Greg Armstrong reports that the death was suspicious in nature, and is under investigation at this time. Great Bend Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation are assisting with the investigation. According the initial offense report, the case is being investigated as a first-degree murder. The report also states that Galyardt died as a result of a firearm.

Armstrong said the investigation is underway, and they are looking into all aspects.