Missing migrant field worker found dead

(NTV News)

A migrant field worker who went missing on Wednesday has been found.

Police said they found a body 100 feet into the field near W Abbott Road and N Schauppsville, west of Grand Island.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office was notified of a missing person on Wednesday evening at about 7 p.m.

52-year-old Cruz Urias-Beltran, from San Luis, Ariz., was reported missing by Rivera Agri Inc. which is a corn detasseling company.

Urias-Beltran was last seen entering the cornfield located on the southwest corner of Abbott Road and Highway 2 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

When Urias-Beltran failed to return from the field, Rivera and his workers searched and were unable to locate him.

Unsuccessful searching of the almost 300-acre field continued until approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday, when it was deemed too dark to continue. Three separate flyovers were conducted, two by a private citizens, the last by the Nebraska State Patrol using heat seeking FLIR.

Thursday morning another attempt to locate Mr. Urias-Beltran was made by the Nebraska State Patrol Air Wing unit using FLIR with no success. A call was put out to the community for volunteers and search parties were organized. Over 100 individuals responded and began a row-by-row search of the cornfield.

Shortly after noon Thursday, volunteers located Urias-Beltran, who was deceased. At this time there does not appear that foul play is involved. A death investigation will continue as an autopsy was requested by the Hall County Attorney’s Office.

Urias- Beltran’s family was located and notified of his death.

Hall County law enforcement said 100 individuals responded in less than two hours to assist, including the following:

  • Grand Island Emergency Center
  • Grand Island Emergency Management
  • Salvation Army
  • Red Cross
  • Cairo Rural Fire Department and EMS
  • Wood River Rural Fire Department and Ambulance
  • Alda Rural Fire Department
  • Doniphan Rural Fire Department
  • St. Libory Rural Fire Department
  • Hall County Highway Department
  • Hall County CERT
  • Rivera Agri, Inc.
  • Todd Harders- Private aircraft
  • Michael Volf- Private helicopter
  • Nebraska State Patrol
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Nebraska State Patrol Air Wing
  • Grand Island Police Department
  • Grand Island City Employees
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