Thursday, July 22, 2010

Nick Dutcher, KCMO homicide No. 62: KSHB assignment editor found dead (updated)

Posted by on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 7:28 AM

click to enlarge Nick Dutcher worked behind the scenes at NBC Action News.
  • Nick Dutcher worked behind the scenes at NBC Action News.

Update (7:28 a.m. July 22): Kansas City police found homicide victim Nick Dutcher's 2009 Ford Escape last night abandoned in the 4200 block of East 56th Terrace. Police are still looking for Dutcher's killer and tips (so if you've got any info, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477).

Meanwhile, Dutcher's co-workers at NBC Action News are remembering the 30 year old and his love for storm chasing and Celine Dion.



Original Story
(1 p.m. July 21): Nick Dutcher, an assignment editor at KSHB Channel 41, has been identified as Kansas City, Missouri's 62nd homicide victim of 2010.

Dutcher no-showed work, so KSHB employees called police and requested a

welfare check. The 30-year-old's body was found inside his Ruskin Heights home Tuesday in the 6900 block of East 114th Street.

KSHB

released this statement about Dutcher's death:

"We

are all saddened and shocked by Nick's death. Nick worked on our

assignment desk for the past year and was at his best during severe

weather coverage. He was always cheerful and friendly with co-workers

and viewers and had also spent several years as volunteer for our "Call

to Action" service. This is difficult not only for Nick's family but

also for all of us who have worked with him. It's a very sad time."

2009fordescape2.jpg
Police

are looking for a gray 2009 Ford Escape with Missouri plates (WA4-D5R).

Dutcher's

cause of death hasn't been released, but police are

investigating his death as a homicide. They are also looking for his

gray 2009 Ford Escape with Missouri

license plate No. WA4-D5R. If you see it, call the TIPS Hotline at

816-474-8477.



Dutcher's MySpace page

says he was a 1998 graduate of Ruskin High School. It says that he

worked at numerous Kansas City television stations, including KCTV 5 and

KMBC Channel 9.

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