HILL CITY, Kan. — A suspect in a homicide in northwestern Kansas has been found dead.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says the body of 29-year-old Efren Mascarenas Jr. was found Thursday night in northeast Graham County.

Authorities began searching for Mascarenas after two people were found dead Thursday in the unincorporated town of Penokee, near Hill City.

The victims were found after Graham County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an unresponsive man.

Authorities have released no other information about the homicides, Mascarenas’ connection to the victims or details of how his body was found.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Mascarenas has three prior convictions for aggravated battery and another for interference with law enforcement. He was released from prison in February of 2017 and his post-release expired in August.

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