Kansas Silver Alert Issued For Missing Nebraska Man; Last Seen In Clay Center, Kan.

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CLAY COUNTY – The Clay County Sheriff’s Department requested the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing 66-year-old Nebraska man who was last seen in Clay Center.

The whereabouts of Rick L. Kubes, 66, are unknown. Please see the below press release from the Clay County Sheriff’s Department for additional details.


The Clay County Sheriff’s Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Kubes (Kabush) pictured attached. Mr. Kubes was last seen wearing dark long sleeve shirt with a dark green windbreaker and blue jeans. Wearing a red/white ball cap, red in the front with mesh in the back and wearing glasses and large mustache. He is 5 ft. 10 in. 175 1bs. with white hair and a white mustache.

Mr. Kubes was last seen between 0800 and 0830 hours on 2-3-2019 in Clay Center before he left to return to his home in Auburn, Nebraska. Auburn is about a 2.5 hour drive from Clay Center. Mr. Kubes travels from Clay Center north on K-15 to Highway 36 then eastbound on U.S. Highway 77 then North to Beatrice, Nebraska and then east on Nebraska 136 to Auburn. His family states that he doesn’t travel outside this normal route.

Mr. Kubes is driving a 2010 Ford Super Ranger pickup, silver in color. The back window has an “N” Nebraska sticker and a pass thru window. The front has a black bug guard. There is also a cooler and red two wheel appliance cart in the back.

The tag that is on the vehicle is Nebraska KUMFISH.

Kubes was in pain when he left Clay Center and was headed to the hospital in Auburn. He does have a phone but is not answering it.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Law Enforcement Center of Clay Center Kansas at 785-632-5601 opt #5.

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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.