Wamego Teen’s Death Believed To Be Homicide

Jacob Bouck, courtesy of the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office.

WESTMORELAND – Pottawatomie County Sheriff Greg Riat today released information about the investigation into the death of 19-year-old Jacob Bouck, who was found on the bank of the Kansas River near Wamego on Christmas Eve.

Bouck, a 2017 graduate of Wamego High School, was last seen in Wamego on December 21st.

A forensic autopsy was conducted on Bouck and the medical examiner determined that the death is believed to be a homicide. The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Wamego Police Department continue to actively investigate the case.

Anyone who has information on this case is encouraged to contact the Pottawatomie County Sheriff at (785) 457-3533 or 1-800-KS-CRIME. Tips can be anonymous.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that an unspecified cash reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

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.