The entire search party worked to physically move the cabin to one side so they could search underneath. No bodies were found there either.
A man noticed an area around the garden on which the dirt appeared disturbed. Almost as soon as they began digging, they found the body of Dr. William H. York because the grave was so shallow it barely concealed his feet. He had been buried face down. Upon examining the corpse, the search party found that his skull had been bludgeoned and throat slit.
Further digging turned up 10 intact bodies and some dismembered body parts. Most bodies were those of adult men, but there was one woman. An adult man and small girl were buried together. They were determined to be George Loncher and his daughter, the people for whom Dr. York had searched. No marks were found on the childs body, so some believed she had been buried alive. A body was found in the well.
A brother of Dr. York who was not part of the search party offered a $1,000 reward for the arrest of the Bender family. Kansas Governor Thomas Oborn offered a $2,000 reward for the groups arrest on May 17.