30 year old Nick Dutcher was found dead in his home in the 7600 block of 114th Street. Police were sent to the address to look for Mr. Dutcher after he failed to come to his job at KSHB News. His death appears suspicious and the police are calling it a homicide. They are looking for any kind of information, and they are looking for his car.
On Crime Scene KC, commenter Melissa added a personal touch to the story:
Nick was a friend of mine. I hope they find whoever did this to such a great man. He did not deserve this.. but now he is in a better place. Rest In Peace Big Nick we will always love you.
As noted his car, a silver (I am also seeing reports that it is grey) 2009 Ford Escape is missing. It has Missouri license #WA4-D5R. Police are looking for it.
This is a mock up of what the license plate looks like--it will have the registration sticker in the middle, but otherwise, it should look just like this. The bad guys could stick this on another car, so BOLO for this pattern of letters and numbers anywhere, not just on an Escape.
The photos reveal a pretty big guy, so one has to wonder if he came home and was surprised by one or more armed bad guys in or around his house. The intent may have been burglary or robbery, but now it is murder, and we need to find these bad guys. It seems now for many conscienceless criminals, killing someone is just a bit of fun to add to stealing. People like that need to spend time in jail.
If you have any information, have seen the car and/or license plates, or saw something hinky in the neighborhood of 114th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard in the hours prior to 4 p.m. yesterday--there are single family homes on the east side of Blue Ridge and apartments on the west side of Blue Ridge--call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-8477. Alonzo Washington would also be glad to take your tip, call him at 913-321-6764.
All murder is bad, tragic for the family and friends of the victim, but it hits a little closer to home when it's in your neighborhood, in places where you might visit, in places where your friends might live. All our murderers need to be caught--we've had 62 killings total in Kansas City and only a fraction of those have been solved. Let's help the police catch these killers.
There have been 6 homicides in the South Patrol of KCPD this year. Here's my blog post on one--the murder of Helen Ragan which remains unsolved. If you have a tip on this or any unsolved murder, call the numbers above.