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Man missing on local trail found dead, no foul play suspected

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Kan. – A man who went missing on a southeast Kansas trail has been found dead.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office released the following information.

“On September 17th, 2022, at approximately 6:07 pm Montgomery County Deputies along with Elk City Rural Fire, Independence Fire & EMS, and Kansas Wildlife and Parks Officers were dispatched to the Elk City walking trail in reference to a 22-year-old male subject who had went missing on the trail.

Deputies arrived at US Highway 160 and County Road 5000 where the 30-mile hiking trail entrance/exit is located. Upon their arrival, deputies contacted a witness that was with the male subject and said the last time he had seen his friend was around mile marker 13 on the trail. Deputies started searching for the male subject. At approximately 7:28pm, deputies located the male subject on the ground just off the trail path. Independence Fire & EMS medics started attending to the male subject but then pronounced him deceased. The male subject was identified as 22-year-old Jeremy Cox of Augusta, Kansas. At this point foul play is not suspected but the investigation is still ongoing.

Sheriff Ron Wade asks the public to please respect the privacy of the family during this time. Wade said our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of the Cox family. Wade would also like to thank the Elk City Rural Fire, Independence Rural Fire, Independence Fire & EMS, Kansas Wildlife and Parks, and Kansas State Park Officers for their assistance.”

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