The body of a deceased man was discovered Saturday morning in rural Barton County, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. The deceased has been identified as Ronald Reuber, 68, of Nickerson.
The Barton County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement Saturday evening:
On December 29 at about 8:45 a.m., Barton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 10 block of SW 140 Avenue. This location is 12 miles west and 1 mile south of the city of Great Bend. This location is on the Barton/Pawnee county line. Initially, Sheriff’s officers believed it was a routine stuck vehicle call, but upon arrival they discovered the body of a white male lying near the vehicle. Investigation at the scene indicates the 2018 blue Ford Escort became stuck approximately 50 yards south of 10 Road in the east ditch.
Barton County Coroner Dr. E. L. Jones was called to the scene to assist with the investigation. Examination of the scene indicates the victim died due to health-related issues compounded by hypothermia.
The BCSO was assisted at the scene by Great Bend Fire Department EMS and the Kansas Highway Patrol. Foul play is not suspected.