Trooper's body found in NW Missouri

Jan 13, 2012

The body of a Missouri highway patrolman who disappeared while watching over flooded areas last summer was found Thursday not far from the original search area, authorities said.

Forty-six-year-old Fred Guthrie Junior had not been seen since August 1st, when his still-running truck, with a trailer attached, was found northeast of the village of Big Lake in northwest Missouri's Holt County. His remains were found in a brush pile within 300 yards of the original search site as crews filled a hole in a state highway, said Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Captain Tim Hull.

Guthrie, a 17-year patrol veteran, served in the Water Patrol Division. He was assigned a boat and trailer and patrolled the region while many people couldn't return to their homes because of the flooding Missouri River.

Click the audio above to hear KXCV's Kirk Wayman's report.