On October 27, 2021, a dead body was discovered in a gray plastic tote in black plastic after a complaint of illegal dumping was being looked into. It soon became a homicide investigation. At about 9:00 a.m., police were responding to a call close to the vicinity of East 37th Street and Oakley Avenue. An employee for the city was looking into reports concerning illegal dumping and found the body.
Once the scene was investigated and evidence was processed, including seeing if there were any potential witnesses, the death was ruled as a homicide. In the initial reporting of this incident, the body had not been identified.
On October 29, as reported by KCTV5, there were two people facing charges associated with the homicide.
The victim's name was 56-year-old Malvin Wallace. As reported,
Malvin Wallace’s father, Malvin Canady, says his son was very outgoing. He says the two always enjoyed having Sunday dinners together before his son was killed. “He always tells me, ‘Pop nobody cooks as good for you,” Canady said.
Canady said that when his son didn't show up for dinner or answer his phone, he believed something wasn't right.
According to court records, someone shot and killed Malvin Wallace. His body was put into a plastic tote and wrapped with black plastic and tape.
Two women, 32-year-old Michele Props, and 24-year-old Kaitlyn Andes had gone to a secluded area with the tote for dumping and concealing. There was a hole in the black plastic around the tote which an investigator could look into and see that a body was inside. Both women have been charged with the abandonment of a corpse as well as tampering with physical evidence. A city camera was in the secluded area catching the suspects on a recording. Props and Andes were seen dragging the tote and trying to hide it with brush. The vehicle they were driving, a black Ford Taurus, belonged to Cedric Evans. When the vehicle was traced back to Evans, officers followed him. As Evans tried to escape officers, he rammed two patrol vehicles. When his home was searched, investigators discovered blood close to the front door as well as a safe that contained several different guns.
When officers pulled over Evans’s vehicle, they say he rammed two patrol vehicles to try to escape. He is currently charged with felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession over 50 grams methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm with drug trafficking.
According to KCTV5, when Evans was arrested, he had on a loaded gun, $1,406, and 440.5 grams of methamphetamine. Evans was "charged with felony counts of possession of over 50 grams of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm while drug trafficking, and possession of a firearm as a felon." Evans is also facing federal charges in connection with the body that was found.