Remains of missing priest found near Protection


The remains of a man who went missing nearly two years ago have been found near Protection in southwest Kansas.

The Comanche County Sheriff’s office said human remains found in a pasture Wednesday are those of Father Marvin Reif.

Reif walked away from the nursing home where he lived in April 2017. He struggled with mental health issues.

After he disappeared, many joined law enforcement to search fields. 

Statement from family of Father Marvin Reif:

We can never begin to thank all of those who have so faithfully searched for and prayed that our brother, Father Marvin Reif, be found. Our constant hope was that he would be found alive and well but now our hearts are completely broken knowing that he has actually been deceased for almost two years. And yet, somehow, we find peace in know that he is at peace. 

We are so grateful to Sheriff Mike Lehl and the Comanche County Sheriff’s Dept for the kindness they have shown us over these past two years. We also thank our Barton County Sheriff, Brian Bellendir, for his support and to Attorney Don Reif for helping us along the way. We would also like to thank the media for their support and patience over the past 24 hours. 

Yes, Marvin was a wonderful Catholic priest who lived his faith daily, but more importantly, he was a son, a brother, an uncle and a friend to thousands. He was kind, gentle and loving soul that truly cared about family and friends. 

Although this is not the ending we had hoped for, we thank God that Marvin is with his Lord, Jesus Christ, surrounded by family that has gone before him in God’s most perfect kingdom. 

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