Missing Man’s Body Found In Field Ravine

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A man with a serious health condition who had been reported missing from Irving last weekend was found dead in his truck in a ravine Friday afternoon, April 23, southeast of Harvel.

Kurt W. Schmedeke, 65, of Irving, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner’s office.

His family had reported that Schmedeke, a diabetic, had left his residence in his truck on Sunday evening, April 18, and had last been seen in Witt after he stopped for directions.

Authorities spent the week searching for the missing man and putting out posters.  On Friday afternoon, April 23, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a call that Schmedeke’s truck had been found in a deep ditch in the middle of farm fields east of 13th Road and North of North 21st Avenue, southeast of Harvel.

Deputies arrived on the scene at 2:55 p.m. Friday, and the caller guided them to the vehicle with the victim inside.  He was pronounced dead at the scene, and the Raymond-Harvel Fire Department assisted in removing the body.

According to Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins, evidence suggested Schmedeke had driven off North 21st Avenue–the Nokomis-Raymond blacktop–east of 13th Road, and traveled through multiple fields before wrecking in the ravine.  There was no evidence of any criminal element in the death, Robbin said.

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