A Missouri Air National Guard member died in a highway median Saturday after what police suspect was a road-rage incident that took a deadly turn, reports KMBC.
Lee's Summit Police Department told Newsweek that they are collecting surveillance footage, analyzing the crime scene and are continuing the investigation.
Cody Harter, 23, was found dead on the side of a highway after being stabbed.
Detectives interviewed witnesses who saw a possible road rage incident.
According to police, initial witness reports indicated that two men were fighting beside the road, outside their vehicles.
Lee's Summit police believe Harter was stabbed during the argument and stumbled into traffic where he died.
His family said good Samaritians pulled over, held his hand and prayed with him while they waited for the paramedics to get there.
Harter was in his final semester at Missouri Western State University and was about to graduate with a degree in engineering technology.
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They also said a second vehicle stopped in front of Harter's red pick-up truck that evening and fled north after the attack. His maroon 2003 Chevrolet Silverado was found parked on the shoulder of the highway.
Harter's mother made an emotional plea Sunday for witnesses to come forward to get advice to have the killer detained.
"He brought us great joy", said his mother, Kerrie Harter. Please call to put the pieces together.
Police believe that during the confrontation, Harter was stabbed once in the chest, stumbled back into the lanes of traffic and died.
Harter a member of the Missouri Air National Guard, served a tour of duty in Iraq and loved racing dirt bikes.
"[Harter] brought us fantastic enjoyment". Let's find who did this senseless act, so that you're not sitting here when it's your child. He knew kindness, and now we know pain and loss.
Police in the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit are searching for a suspect and are asking any of the hundreds of people that drove by the scene to call with information.