BARTON COUNTY, Kansas — The bodies of a man and his son-in-law were discovered late Monday night at a saltwater disposal well in rural Barton County.
The men were trying to fix a leaking valve in an underground structure near the town of Claflin.
Officials believe the two men were overcome by high levels of hydrogen sulfide, a highly toxic gas. The leaking valve then flooded the structure.
A family member discovered the bodies after neither man returned home when expected.
The victims are 50-year-old Curtis Hoffman and 30-year-old Kebby Myers.
The incident is still being investigated by the Barton County Sheriff’s Office.