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Deceased Individual Discovered In Smith County

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Smith County Public Information Officer Sharon Wolters tells KD-Country 94 and Z-96.3 News that the body of a deceased individual was discovered around noon on Wednesday, March 7 in Smith County. No further information was released by the Smith County Sheriff’s Department, deferring to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation who is in charge of the case.

Unconfirmed reports have been received of a male found dead with no shoes or shirt in an area somewhere south of Lebanon and Hwy. 36 about one mile east of Hwy. 181. We have learned where the individual is likely from, and that he had been working in a nearby county. That information will be released as we receive official confirmation.

Information requests submitted to the KBI by our news department have not yet been answered, and the investigation is presumably ongoing. We will pass additional details along as they are received.

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Derek Nester
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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