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Officials Confirm Three Missing In Grain Blast Are Dead

Officials Confirm Three Missing In Grain Blast Are Dead

Bodies of missing workers located in rubble of Bartlett Elevator; two or three identified.

The bodies of three people missing after a massive explosion at the Bartlett Grain Elevator in Atchison were found this morning. The search for the missing men was suspended overnight because authorities feared it was unstable and put rescue teams at too much risk.

Authorities said this morning that all three bodies had been found. Two of the victims were identified as 21-year-old Curtis Field and 34-year-old Travis Keil. The third name will be released later this afternoon, officials said.

According to the Kansas City Star, the bodies were found about 11:15 a.m. on Monday.

Search For Missing Workers In Bartlett Elevator Explosion Resumes

Three people were immediately known to have been killed in the blast, which was felt by residents as much as three miles away, about 7 7 p.m. Saturday night. They were identified as Chad Roberts of Atchison, Ryan Federinko of Atchison and John Burke of Denton. All were employees of Bartlett Grain.

Three more people, two grain inspectors and a Bartlett employee remain missing and two additional workers were flown to a Kansas City hospital in critical condition with burns. Four additional workers were unharmed in the blast.

Only one of the missing, grain inspector Travis Keil, 34, of Topeka, has been identified. His parents, who live in Salina came to the scene and were quoted by numerous news reports.

On responders halted the search for the missing Sunday saying they feared the structure was unstable. They said they have not lost hope of finding people alive but are regarding the operation as recovery effort.

Atchison city manager Trey Cocking has been providing updates on the situation as efforts to find the missing workers continues. The next update is scheduled for 11 a.m. Updates are being regularly posted on the city's website at

Initial responders to the blast included Atchison Police and Fire and Atchison County first responders. Critical incident teams from northeast Kansas, northwest Missouri and beyond are now on the scene, attempting to help locate the three missing workers.

The Bartlett blast is the worst in the state of Kansas since the June, 8, 1998, explosion at DeBruce Grain at Haysville.

That blast left seven dead and 10 injured. It took more than six weeks to recover the remains of the final victim from a collapsed grain bin.

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