McCOOK, Nebraska -- Authorities had not yet released the identity of a 66-year-old Benkelman, Nebraska, man found deceased at the sand pits south of Perry Grain, Thursday evening. Sgt. Steve Kotschwar with the Red Willow County Sheriff's Department said identification was pending family notification and early indicators were that the man died of natural causes.
According to Kotschwar the man's body was found by a co-worker just before 5 p.m. and authorities were subsequently contacted and responded to the scene. The incident is being investigated as an unattended death.