(Update) Apparent crash kills Faucett man; victim identified

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A man reported missing Tuesday night was found dead Wednesday morning in the roadway near Faucett. Sheriff’s deputies and first responders were dispatched to the area west of Route MM and Route DD at about 8:15am Wednesday when a passerby spotted the body and a scooter.

Colonel Bill Puett of the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office identifies the victim as William Frederick, 54, of Faucett. Mr. Frederick was reported missing Tuesday night after leaving the area of SW 45th road on his scooter and not returning.

Col. Puett says the investigation continues, and would not say if there was anything more than a traffic accident.

“It looks that way, but we’re not prepared to make a complete decision on it yet,” Puett said in an interview.

“Right now we have investigators and deputies on scene. They’re working the scene, and they will determine whether an autopsy is needed,” he said. “If an autopsy is conducted we’ll wait on the results of that.