Daily Republic Mitchell, SD 23 June 1967
Inquest Set In Huron Killing HURON, S.D. (AP) — An Inquest Inquest will be held here Saturday into the death of Loren E. Keltner, Keltner, a Minneapolis insurance claims adjuster found shot to death along a lonely country road about nine miles southwest of Huron. Authorities said Kettner, 31, apparently had been slain by a robber. His wallet and other identification were missing from the body. M. L. Scheibe, Beadle County sheriff, said the only items found were a ring, watch and cigarette lighter. The body was found half submerged submerged in a water-filled ditch along a gravel road Wednesday. Clad in a sport shirt and black trousers, the body was discovered discovered by Willis Hofhenke, a milk truck driver for the Lake Preston Creamery. Scheibe said Kettner, originally originally from Nicollet, Minn., was not positively identified until about noon Thursday. An autopsy performed Thursday Thursday determined Kettner had been shot three times — in the back, top of his head and arm. Two bullets, probably from a 22. caliber weapon, were recovered from the body. Kettner was employed by the Fireman's Fund American Insurance Insurance Co. and had left Minneapolis Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon. Ha was to meet three associates in Huron for the purpose of adjusting adjusting claims for damage resulting from weekend storms in this area. Sheriff Scheibe said Kettner's car, a 1967 Rambler, had not been found. "We haven't determined if anyone saw him in town," the sheriff added. "He apparently had not checked into a hotel or motel." The sheriff said it appeared Kettner's body had been "dumped out" into the ditch. Kettner's widow and two children children live in Minneapolis. Other survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kettner, and grandparents, all of rural Nicollet, Minn., one brother and a sister. The slaying victim was a 1964 graduate of Nicollet High School. At Pierre, the Division of Criminal Investigation said identification identification papers belonging to Kettner were found by highway maintenance men in a ditch at the junction of Highways 14 and 83 west of Blunt, S.D. The division said the papers were in plastic holders, the type in a wallet.