The North Bend Eagle


Bird's body found near river

by Nathan Arneal
Posted 12/5/12

The North Bend Eagle has confirmed through local sources involved in the search that the body of LeRoy Bird, 68, of North Bend was found along the Platte River near Rogers around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.

LeRoy Bird

An autopsy will be conducted to verify the cause of death.

Coflax County attorney Denise Kracl released a statement at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday confirming that Bird's body was found just south of Country Road 2 in Dodge County. Searchers had previously located a small overturned boat and Bird's dog. A gun in a waterproof case, believed to belong to Bird, was located about a mile downstream from where the boat and dog were located. No foul play or criminal activity is suspected.

Bird was last seen by family members at 6 a.m. Tuesday when he left to go to a cabin near the Platte River near Rogers.

When Bird did not return home by 6 p.m., family members called the Colfax County Sheriff's Office to report him missing.

Search and rescue efforts began Tuesday night and continued Wednesday morning along the Platte River near the Dodge and Colfax county border. A group of North Bend locals, organized by Lynda Cerny and Mary Shanahan, provided food and drink for the search party. The North Bend Mini Mart, NBC high school, Gambino's Pizza, Bob's Custom Meats, Floral Creations and Birchwood Manor donated supplies to the effort.

Cerny said she also put up a notice on Facebook asking for donations and several people responded with monetary donations.

Agencies participating in the search include the Dodge County and Colfax County sheriff departments, Nebraska State Patrol, North Bend and Schuyler fire and rescue personnel and Nebraska Game and Parks officers. Loup Public Power and Union Pacific Railroad also have provided assistance.

Bird is best know in North Bend as the long-time owner and chef of the Rawhide Steak House in North Bend. LeRoy sold the business to his son David in January.

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