KHP requests assistance in investigation of U.S. 56 pedestrian fatality

The manner in which a Carbondale man died Sunday is still under investigation, with the Kansas Highway Patrol issuing a request this afternoon for the public’s assistance in the case.

Osage County deputies found Timothy J. Kemble, 19, Carbondale, on U.S. Highway 56  about two miles west of Overbrook early the morning of Aug. 24, after a caller reported a body lying in the road. An autopsy determined Kemble had been struck by a vehicle.

KHP reported that it is believed that a vehicle struck and killed Kemble, who was walking on the highway, with the collision occurring at approximately 5:05 a.m. Sunday. In a press release Monday, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that a call came in at 5:03 a.m. Aug. 24 about a white male walking on the highway approximately 2 miles west of Overbrook; a few minutes later, another caller reported a body in the road.

KHP reports the collision happened near milepost 409, between Croco Road and Paulen Road.

KHP is seeking anyone who may have been traveling on U.S. 56 near Overbrook between the hours of 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Aug. 24. In particular, KHP is attempting to locate a witness who was driving a truck and semi-trailer eastbound on U.S. 56 between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m. KHP says the driver is not a suspect, but may have information that could assist with the investigation.

Additionally, anyone with any information or anyone who saw or knows what happened is asked to contact Master Trooper Bryce Whelpley, the lead investigator of the collision.

In a public announcement issued this afternoon, the patrol urges anyone with information to contact Whelpley at 785-296-3102.

The announcement said “The Patrol is dedicated to fully investigating any traffic crashes which occur on our highways, and for the family of this young victim, we hope to provide some answers.”


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