Thursday, July 29, 2010

Community Mourns the Murder of Local Man

By Andrea Wood
Memorial services are being held this Sunday, August 1st for Nicholas Dutcher, age 30, who was found dead in his South Kansas City home on July 20th.
His death is being investigated as a homicide.
Police were called to his house in the 6900 block of E. 114th Street to check on Nick when he didn’t show up at his job as an assignment editor for KSHB, the local NBC affiliate. Officials entered the house and found him deceased.
Nick’s 2009 gray Ford Escape was located the following evening in the 4200 block of E. 56th Terrace. An officer on routine patrol found it abandoned.
Police are not releasing the cause of death, or any suspects.
“We are pursuing a number of good leads,” said KCPD Captain Rich Lockhart.
Detectives ask anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816.474.8477.
Nick was a familiar face in South Kansas City, and neighbors are mourning the loss of a young man who was involved in his community.
“He was the one who played Santa for our Stratford Estates Christmas parties for the last 10 years,” said Carol McClure. “It’s going to be a big loss for the whole community. He was such a neat guy. The kids loved him. He related well to them. Adults loved him too. He was quite the caregiver.”
“He was really a big teddy bear,” said April Cushing.
Nick, who was a Ruskin High School graduate, volunteered many hours to help coordiante the Ruskin Tornado 50th Anniversary Memorial event.
“He was very instrumental in making that day a success,” said John Baccala with the Hickman Mills C-1 School District.
His co-workers are also grieving. NBC Action News gave this statement:
“Nick worked on our assignment desk and was at his best during severe weather coverage. He was always cheerful and friendly and also spent several years as volunteer for our “Call to Action” service. It’s a very sad time.”
Services will be held 1-3 pm on Sunday at Floral Hills Chapel, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO. The family suggests memorials to the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund, Attn.: Janet, PO Box 1589, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

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