Fatality in Wayne County

September 16, 2018

WAYNE — A North Sioux City, S.D., resident reporting missing earlier this week was found dead of injuries suffered in a traffic accident Thursday night near here.

Parker Mitchell, 22, was found to have died at the accident scene on Highway 35 about 3.5 miles east of Wayne, according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. His westbound vehicle left the highway, entered a ditch and overturned in a cornfield.

A motorist discovered the accident Thursday evening, the sheriff’s office said. Mitchell wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, which contributed to his death.

Mitchell was last seen Monday in North Sioux City, with a last cellphone location near Allen, according to a missing person flyer photo posted on Twitter by one of his friends Thursday.

In addition to the sheriff’s office, the Nebraska State Patrol, Wayne Fire Department and Providence Medical Center responded to the accident. It remains under investigation.

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