After seven long days, a Corinth family now mourns the loss of their father and husband.
Around 11:55 p.m. Thursday, a resident contacted the Corinth Police Department after discovering a body on the northeast corner of their home under a large low hanging bush. Police responded to the home located in the 2600 block of Bowie Land and processed the scene with the assistance of the Denton County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit and the Denton County Medical Examiner’s Office.
A statement from police said, “After a thorough investigation, we believe the body to be that of Kenneth Draper who was reported missing on Aug. 11 from his Corinth residence. We are still waiting positive identification from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office and at this time no foul play is suspected.”
Draper, who was a Lewisville High School alum and Corinth resident, was last seen at his home around 11:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Around that time, his wife, Leslie, saw the couple’s bathroom light go on and off, inside their Corinth home. She fell asleep and when she woke the next morning, Draper was not home. She called police that afternoon after her husband had still not returned.
Draper’s unusual disappearance spread across social media, and the story was picked up nationwide. The Drapers had been married for 20 years. He also had two sons with his first wife, a large group of friends and family in the area.
The Drapers were also planning to travel to North Carolina Friday to watch the solar eclipse. Family members said the couple had already rented a house and had friends coming to join them. Draper was reportedly stressed about work recently, but family members said nothing else seemed to be bothering him.
Draper's disappearance lead to several searches around his home. Volunteers came out in droves to help the family and police search for him.
“We ask that you keep the Draper family in your thoughts and prayers and please respect their privacy during this difficult time,” police said.