Suspect on the Lam After Air Force Reservist Fatally Stabbed in Possible Road Rage Incident

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Cody Harter, 24, was found dead at the scene. Handout

An Air Force reservist was murdered in Missouri over the weekend in what cops suspect was an incident of road rage turned deadly.

The Lees Summit Police Department responded to an incident Saturday evening along a highway and found 24-year-old Cody Harter dead at the scene.

Witnesses believed he was possibly involved in a road rage altercation and that just prior to when he was stabbed, they saw the victim's truck stopped in traffic with another vehicle stopped in front of it, police said in a statement.

Witnesses also reported seeing two men arguing outside the vehicles but were only able to give a vague description of the suspect's car as it fled the scene after the stabbing.

On Sunday, Harter's grieving family appeared at a press conference to ask the public for help identifying the suspect.

"It was senseless. He's been to war and back and to die because someone was angry," Harter's mother said. "I can only imagine someone was upset because he wasn't going fast enough. Is that a reason to take his life and leave him there?"

Harter's sister, Kylee, remembers her brother as a selfless man.

"He would do anything to help anyone at the drop of a hat," Kylee said. "For someone to just take everything from him... they didn't know him. He didn't deserve this and we don't deserve the pain that came with it."

Police are asking anyone that may have seen the altercation or observed the victim driving north on M-291 highway to call 816-474-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.

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