Missing Nebraska man found dead in Kansas

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CLAY CENTER, Kan. (AP) -

Kansas authorities say a Nebraska man who was reported missing earlier this week was found dead in his car.

Clay County Sheriff Chuck Dunn says the body of 66-year-old Rick Kubes, of Auburn, Nebraska, was discovered Wednesday evening about 3 miles north of Clay Center on Kansas 15.

Dunn says an official cause of death hasn't been determined but it appeared Kubes had a medical issue because his vehicle had drifted off the road.

The sheriff says Kubes left a home in Clay Center early Sunday to drive to a hospital in Auburn because he was suffering from back pain.

A statewide silver alert was issued on Monday when after he didn't arrive at the hospital.


Previous story by KAKE News:

Authorities in Kansas have issued a statewide Silver Alert for a missing 66-year-old Nebraska man. 

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says Rick L. Kubes was last seen between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Clay Center. He stands 5-foot-10, weighs 175 pounds, wears glasses and has a large mustache. He was last seen wearing a dark long-sleeve shirt, a dark green windbreaker, blue jeans and a red and white ballcap. 

The Clay County Sheriff's Office reports Kubes was reportedly heading to his home in Auburn, Nebraska, which is a 2.5-hour drive from Clay Center. 

"Kubes travels from Clay Center north on K-15 to Highway 36 then East bound on 77 then North to Beatrice Nebraska and then east on 136 to Auburn," the sheriff's office said. "His family states that he doesn’t travel outside this normal route."

Kubes was driving a silver 2010 Ford Super Ranger pickup. 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 truck has a Nebraska tag of 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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