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

Police have identified the man killed in a suspected road rage stabbing on the side of I-470 Saturday evening

Police have identified the man killed in a suspected road rage stabbing on the side of I-470 Saturday evening

Police say they're investigating the incident as a homicide and expect the roadway to be closed through midnight.

Northbound Highway 291 and I-470 were closed in the area of Colbern Road and Douglas Street, respectively.

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

Police said witnesses saw another vehicle stopped in front of Harter's truck and saw the guardsman, 23, arguing with someone outside their vehicles.

Hazy accounts of two men arguing and the vague description of a vehicle speeding north down a Missouri highway are the best leads investigators have as they hunt a mysterious man believed to have stabbed a young Air National Guard member to death Saturday in an apparent road rage murder. Drivers reported seeing a man stumbling into the highway traffic at about 7:30 p.m. The suspect vehicle then fled north on I-470. He had a large, zero turn mower in the bed of the truck at the time of the incident.

He was returning from Kansas City in his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado truck, where he had picked up a new lawnmower for his business.

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Anyone who may have been in the area and seen something to call Lee's Summit Police at 816-969-7390.

"He did a tour over in Iraq and he was in Qatar", Harter's mother said at a news conference on Sunday. He also helped with hurricane relief past year. "He called his mom on the way home and said, 'I love you".

Harter was in his final semester at Missouri Western State University and was about to graduate with a degree in engineering technology.

"[Harter] brought us awesome enjoyment". "He was a person".

"He had been to war and back, and to die because someone was angry", she said. "My son drove 65mph because he was so frugal with his gas mileage", she added, speculating the incident arose because her son wasn't driving fast enough. "Is that a reason to take his life?"

"He would do anything to help anyone at the drop of a hat", said Kylee Harter, his sister. 'For someone to just take everything from him.

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