Archive for Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Probe continuing into man’s death

February 18, 2004

Leavenworth County officials continue to investigate the death of a Eudora man whose body was found along railroad tracks last week.

"We're still working on it, but nothing new has developed," said Undersheriff Dave Zoellner.

About 2 p.m. Feb. 10, a crew with the Union Pacific Railroad discovered the body of John Schmidt, 29, about eight feet from the tracks.

Zoellner said it's possible that Schmidt was hit by a train.

"The injuries are consistent with being struck by a train," he said.

Schmidt left his sister's Eudora home about 9:30 p.m. the night before his body was discovered. His car, with a flat tire, was detected about 7:30 a.m. the day his body was found, Schmidt's car was found along the southbound lanes of Interstate 435, south of Interstate 70, Zoellner said.

And about 10:30 a.m., Zoellner said, a man matching Schmidt's description was seen walking west on the tracks on the west side of Bonner Springs.

So officers still are trying to determine where Schmidt went after he left his sister's home and how he got from his car to where his body was discovered, a site in extreme southeastern Leavenworth County, between Loring Drive and the Kansas River, near cold-storage caves.

Officials identified Schmidt through papers on his body, which was fully clothed. Schmidt was wearing a coat.

Anyone with information about Schmidt's whereabouts on the evening of Feb. 9 or morning of Feb. 10 is asked to call the Leavenworth County sheriff's office, (913) 682-5724.

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