The mother of the man found dead Monday inside a refrigerator in a field near DeSoto, Kan., contacted Independence Police Department in May 2011.

The mother of the man found dead Monday inside a refrigerator in a field near DeSoto, Kan., contacted Independence Police Department in May 2011.


Gregory Price, 33, whose last known address was in Ottawa, Kan., was last seen by his mother on Dec. 24, 2010, when she dropped him off in an area near Interstate 435 and U.S. 24, according to the Independence Police Department.


A spokesperson said that the mother then contacted police on May 18, 2011, after she hadn’t heard from him. She said he was homeless.


Independence police investigated Price’s whereabouts because he was believed to have left that area near the interstate and went to a home in Independence.


The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was reported to have said that Price’s last known whereabouts were in the DeSoto area, about 25 miles southwest of Kansas City.


Following a tip, deputies were led to a gated field along Kansas Route 10 where they found the abandoned refrigerator in the tree line, according to The Associated Press.


The body was inside the unit’s refrigerator portion. Police said people occasionally dump stolen cars in the area, which isn’t visible to vehicles on the highway.


Police are waiting for the final autopsy results and that the cause of death has not been determined. Price was identified based on a fingerprint, according to the AP.


The body was believed to have been at the site for “some time.”


Authorities want to talk to anyone who saw or talked to Price or his friends around the time he disappeared.


Independence police are not assisting with the investigation.