Member of Air National Guard dies after being stabbed in roadside dispute

Member of Air National Guard dies after being stabbed in roadside dispute

Member of Air National Guard dies after being stabbed in roadside dispute

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Police shut down part of I-470 after a man was found dead along the road Saturday evening.

Police told FOX4 Monday that they now believe the suspect who killed Cody Harter was driving a auto, not a truck, SUV, van, etc.

Police were dispatched at 7:30 p.m.to the area of northbound M-291 Highway near the I-470 merger on a report of a man stumbling in traffic.

When crews arrived they found the man collapsed in the inner median. "Two cars are on the shoulder and [witnesses] saw two men outside those vehicles arguing in what appeared to be a disturbance or a fight".

At the scene of the stabbing on Saturday, drivers alerted police to the area after seeing Harter stumbling into traffic.

The suspect fled north on I-470.

Police are investigating it as a homicide.

Harter was a loadmaster with the Missouri Air National Guard, family members said on Sunday.

His mother said Harter had a lawn-care business and had one semester left until he graduated with an engineering technology degree.

"He loved everyone, he would help anybody", she said.

This is the victim's 2003 Chevrolet Silverado extended cab Z71 edition. They reported seeing another vehicle stopped in front of the Harter's vehicle, according to a media release from police.

"If you saw anything, even if you think it as nothing - please call", the senior airman's mother, Kerrie, said through tears. Let's uncover who did this act, so you're not sitting if it's your boy or girl.

"He was not just a number", she said.

Cody M. Harter had done tours in Iraq and Qatar, and as a member of the Missouri Air National Guard, he helped with hurricane relief in Houston and Puerto Rico. "Please call and send us a message. please".

Anyone who may have been in the area and seen something to call Lee's Summit Police at 816-969-7390. "What we're asking people to do is come forward and help this wonderful family get closure and help us bring them justice in this case".

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