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Downs Man Found Dead at Junction City Truck Stop

Authorities are working to determine what caused the death of a man found at a truck stop in Junction City.

Police were called Saturday to the Sapp Brothers truck stop, located at the junction of I-70 and Highway 77, on reports of an unresponsive man in the cab of a semi-truck.

Officers and EMS arrived and found 38-year-old Michael Menzies Jr, of Downs, in the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tis body was taken to Topeka, where an autopsy was performed on Monday.

Police are awaiting toxicology results from that autopsy and do not suspect foul play in Menzies’ death.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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