- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - Authorities say two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a Salina man.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says the body of 29-year-old Brandon Shelby of Salina was found Tuesday one mile east of Salina near the Smoky Hill River Bridge.

A preliminary investigation found Shelby suffered blunt force trauma to the head and other severe injuries. An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.

Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan says 30-year-old Charles Rodgers and 40-year-old James Pavey, both of Salina, were arrested early Wednesday and booked into jail.

Soldan says both men are accused of first-degree murder. Rodgers also is accused of theft and kidnapping. Neither has been officially charged.

The sheriff says the investigation is continuing. No further details were immediately released.

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