Man found dead in the median of 291 Highway in Lee’s Summit

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Police are investigating after a man in his 20s was reportedly found dead along the highway Saturday evening.

Drivers reported a man appeared bloody and was stumbling into traffic along northbound 291 Highway at the intersection of Interstate 470 around 7:30 p.m. Police say Cody Harter of St. Joseph was found dead in the median when officers arrived.

Police said the man had stab wounds to his abdomen.

The man's truck was found on the shoulder of the highway, police said.

“It is very unusual. There’s a million different theories probably already spinning around. We don’t know if this gentleman had a disturbance along the highway, we don’t know if he was with another gentleman, all we know is we have a truck, and we have a person who is deceased, but we’ve got to connect the dots and put the pieces back together,” Sgt. Chris Depue with the Lee’s Summit Police Department said.


Investigators haven't released a description of the suspect or the vehicle that suspect was driving.

If you have information that can help in this investigation, call the CrimeStoppers TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS, or submit a tip here.

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