Father discovers son's body in barn

WAKARUSA, Kan.| The body of a 49-year-old man missing since September was found in a Shawnee County barn on Tuesday.

The body of Larry Carls, of Wakarusa, was discovered around 1:30 p.m. by his father. William Dale Carls was on his way to work in a field on the family's property when he went to check an unsecured barn door and discovered his son's body.

Deputies said he had been dead for several weeks.

Larry Carls had been missing since leaving his home in the middle of the night on Sept. 9, according to his sister, Vera Brinkman. Carls left a note for his wife and 4-year-old son that night, saying he needed to get away and be alone so he could “find out what God wanted him to do.”

Brinkman said Carls was associated with a religious group that promotes fasting and had lost about 50 pounds after two seven-day fasts in July and August.