UPDATE (12:55 p.m.) The male found deceased along the Missouri river Wednesday morning appears to have suffered a natural death according to Saline County Sheriff Wally George. “Right now, my department sees no foul play whatsoever. we believe at this point in time its definitely going to be natural causes,” George said.

A recent case report from the Saline Co. Sheriff’s Office, Saline Co. Coroner and Carroll Co. Coroner indicates the death may have been due to an embolism or aneurysm. The victim has been identified as Ralph Lueck, 62. Sheriff Wally George has confirmed the Minnesota resident was participating in the Missouri River Race that started Tuesday.

Update (6:30 a.m.) – A KMZU listener said the unidentified male found Wednesday morning on the bank of the Missouri River is part of a group of people participating in one of the longest nonstop river races – the Missouri American Water MR340.  More than five hundred people are competing in the four-day, 340-mile trek across the state from Kansas City to St. Charles.  They embarked on Tuesday.

The unresponsive male was found Wednesday morning near the Missouri River access on Highway 41.  The Saline County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation.  No other details have been given at this time.


Original story: Emergency crews are responding to a report of an unresponsive male near the Missouri River access, according to Carroll County scanner traffic. Officials were dispatched around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday to a “possible fatality.” The exact location isn’t known at this time. Authorities in Saline County have been notified and will be taking over the investigation.