Missing migrant field worker found dead
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