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Body of construction contractor's son found in Devil's Elbow Wednesday
DEVIL’S ELBOW, Mo. (March 24, 2010) — The son of a local construction contractor was found dead by a group of children riding bicycles in a trailer park Wednesday evening, according to Pulaski County Sheriff J.B. King.

Investigators aren’t yet sure what killed Nathan Dalgetty, 27, who had been reported missing since March 12. His father, Steve Dalgetty, a contractor with Piney River Construction, had announced that a $1,000 reward was being offered for information on his disappearance.

Nathan Dalgetty’s body was found near the 21800 block of Teardrop Road in Devil’s Elbow, not far from where he and his family lived, and the sheriff’s department was notified at 6:38 p.m.

Family members were on the scene shortly after the body was found, King said.

“I’m not sure if my guys got there first and they arrived shortly thereafter, but I personally talked to mom, dad and both sisters,” King said. “Right now we see no apparent signs of foul play, but we do not know right now. We are going to have to wait for the autopsy to give us results before we have a concrete direction.”

The autopsy will be conducted in Springfield, King said.

Dalgetty had been dead for several days, King said, but a precise time of death has not yet been determined. No obvious signs of physical trauma were present on his body, but King cautioned that the investigation remains underway.

“We are entering into this investigation with the intent of seeking out all avenues of information, and it is much too early to speculate as to any information or circumstance that may have occurred,” King said.

Initial reports stated that Dalgetty had last been seen getting into the car of an unidentified woman in the parking lot of a business near Exit 163, but King indicated Wednesday that may have been a false lead.

Anyone with additional information may contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department at (573) 774-6196, King said.

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