Amazon worker found dead in yard after suspected mauling by 2 dogs

Neighbors had reported an Amazon truck parked outside a home for several hours.

October 26, 2022, 7:35 PM

An Amazon worker has been found dead in a yard after a suspected mauling by two dogs.

The body of the Amazon worker was found in a yard on a property in the Wood Heights area of Excelsior Springs, Missouri -- approximately 32 miles northeast of Kansas City -- on Monday evening, according to ABC News' Kansas City affiliate KMBC.

PHOTO: Emergency vehicles respond to the scene where the body of an Amazon worker was found in the Wood Heights area of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Oct. 24, 2022.
Emergency vehicles respond to the scene where the body of an Amazon worker was found in the Wood Heights area of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Oct. 24, 2022.
KMBC
PHOTO: Emergency vehicles respond to the scene where the body of an Amazon worker was found in the Wood Heights area of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Oct. 24, 2022.
Emergency vehicles respond to the scene where the body of an Amazon worker was found in the Wood Heights area of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Oct. 24, 2022.
KMBC

Neighbors told KMBC that they called the Ray County Sheriff's Office to report a delivery truck which had been parked in front of a residence in Wood Heights for several hours on Monday evening.

But when authorities responded to investigate the truck, they found the body of the driver in the yard along with two dogs on the property, according to KMBC.

The responding deputy shot and killed both of the dogs after an initial investigation revealed that animal bites were a factor in the Amazon worker's death, according to Ray County Sheriff Scott Childers.

"We're deeply saddened by tonight's tragic incident involving a member of our Amazon family and will be providing support to the team and the driver's loved ones. We are assisting law enforcement in their investigation," Amazon said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

The Amazon employee has not yet been identified and it is unclear if the residents of the home were there at the time of the suspected -- but currently unconfirmed -- mauling or if there had been any history of aggression by the dogs.

The circumstances around the death remain under investigation.

PHOTO: Emergency vehicles respond to the scene where the body of an Amazon worker was found in the Wood Heights area of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Oct. 24, 2022.
Emergency vehicles respond to the scene where the body of an Amazon worker was found in the Wood Heights area of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Oct. 24, 2022.
KMBC

An official cause of death could take eight to 16 weeks to determine, Childers said in an update on Wednesday. An autopsy on the victim has been performed, and the dogs have been sent for necropsy testing, he said.

No further information will be released at this time amid the investigation, Childers said.

ABC News Live

ABC News Live

24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events