Member of Air National Guard dies after being stabbed in roadside dispute

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A member of the Missouri Air National Guard was killed when we was stabbed during a road-rage incident, reports say.

Police told FOX4 Monday that they now believe the suspect who killed Cody Harter was driving a vehicle, not a truck, SUV, van, etc.

Cody M. Harter, 23, of St. Joseph, has been found lifeless at the southern on 291 Highway, nearby the merger into Interstate 470 at Lee's Summit, after he dropped out of the stab wound into the torso, FOX4KC reported.

Cody Harter, 23, was found dead on the side of a highway after being stabbed.

According to detectives, witnesses described what they saw as a possible road rage incident.

Witnesses told police that Harter had been arguing with another person before his death and a second vehicle had been stopped in front of Harter's truck.

Around 7:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the area on a report of a man stumbling in traffic. The suspect fled the scene in their own vehicle.

Before the incident, Harter's family said he called them to let them know he was on his way home. "He only had one semester left until he graduated with an engineering technology degree".

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"He loved everyone, he would help anybody", she said.

His maroon 2003 Chevrolet Silverado was found parked across the shoulder of this street.

Police believe that during the confrontation, Harter was stabbed once in the chest, stumbled back into the lanes of traffic and died.

Harter's mother made an emotional plea Sunday for witnesses to come forward to get advice to have the killer detained. "If you saw anything, even if you think it was nothing, please call", she said. "Please call and send us a message. please".

"[Harter] brought us fantastic enjoyment". He knew kindness, and now we know pain and loss.

Harter a member of the Missouri Air National Guard, served a tour of duty in Iraq and loved racing dirt bikes.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have been driving down Interstate 470 or seen Harter's truck on 291 Highway around 7:30 p.m. Saturday to call police at 816-969-1705.