Ogallala man dead; person sought could be in vicinity

State Patrol says man ‘is a person of very high interest’

    The Nebraska State Patrol is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted for questioning in the investigation of a suspicious death early Tuesday morning in Ogallala.
     The subject is believed to be in southwest Nebraska or northeast Colorado, said Lt. Tim Arnold of North Platte.  
    John Fratis, 25, was found dead in a residence at 914 N. Spruce in Ogallala during the early morning hours Tuesday, Lt. Arnold reported. His family has been notified.
    The man the State Patrol is searching for is “a person of very high interest,” Lt. Arnold said. The officer said he is believed to be in his early to mid 20s and of either Hispanic or Asian descent.
    Officers believe he was transported from Ogallala in a gold-colored Suburban with a damaged rear side window covered with wood. He was reportedly dropped off in northeast Colorado. The Suburban allegedly involved in his transport has returned to Ogallala, Lt. Arnold reported.
    The State Patrol advises not to approach or contact the  subject. If he is seen, contact law enforcement immediately, Lt. Arnold said.
    Contact Nebraska State Patrol dispatch at 308-535-8047, or 911, with any information.


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