The Lusk Herald
August 31, 1988
Two-month search for Teen ends in tragedy - Adam Hughes found dead near Glendo
Funeral services for Adam Jay "AJ" Hughes, 19, of Glendo were held Tuesday, Aug. 30 in Douglas.
Hughes, son of Sheri Butler of Cheyenne and Harvey D. Hughes of Glendo, died July 1, 1988 on a ranch southwest of Glendo of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Missing since an accident 15 miles west of Lusk on U.S. Highway 18-20 early the morning of June 30th, Hughes' body was found Thursday morning.
The Niobrara County Sheriff's Office was contacted Thursday by Platte County authorities who said a pickup matching the description of one Hughes was last seen driving, had been discovered southwest of the John Daly ranch, approximately eight to 10 miles southwest of Glendo.
County Sheriff Samuel "Bebe" Reed said Hughes' body was found about 30 feet from the pickup in a heavily wooded area. His .270 calibre rifle was found near the body and a brief note was left on the seat of the pickup, Reed said.
Hughes' billfold and checkbook were found on the body but the Wyoming Crime Lab was called in to make positive identification and assist with the investigation.
Sheriff Reed said a Glendo teen was driving on the Daly ranch early Thursday morning planning to cut firewood when he saw a rear corner of the pickup in a wooded area. The youth, Calvin Hytrek of Glendo, said he came across a cattle chute laying on the side of a heavily rutted portion of the trail and further down the road discovered a small supply box filled with vet supplies.
Upon seeing what he thought might be the pickup Hughes was driving, Hytrek returned to the Daly ranch and called the Platte County Sheriff's Office who in turn notified Niobrara County authorities.
Hughes had not been seen or heard from since the accident which occurred between 3 and 3:30 a.m. June 30. He was apparently westbound on U.S. 18-30 when he struck a 1979 Plymouth station wagon setting on the shoulder. The car was owned by Andy Newcomb of Lusk who had left it there a few hours earlier when it became overheated and would not restart.
Hughes' 1974 Ford pickup, which was also extensively damaged in the accident, was left on the scene. He then apparently walked one to two miles to his grandparents' place, Murray and Velma Butler of Keeline, and borrowed their 1978 Ford pickup.
Sheriff Reed said the Hughes saw the pickup leaving their ranch about 4:15 a.m. that morning and initially thought someone was stealing it. Reed said Hughes, a certified mechanic, owned several hundred dollars worth of tools that have not been found. Reed said the tools were thought to have been in the back of Hughes' pickup and may have been stolen shortly after the accident occurred.
Velma Louise Butler (March 20, 1928 - September 26, 2018)Olga M. Haley (December 11, 1944 - March 25, 2014)Edward Willis Hughes (December 7, 1916 - March 21, 2001)Ewart George Hughes (December 21, 1894 - May 21, 1956)Gilbert George Hughes (September 4, 1918 - April 23, 1976)Gilbert Lester Hughes (Date Unknown - December 3, 1951)Kenneth Wilkins Hughes (January 8, 1898 - October 10, 1966)Marie Louise Hughes (September 27, 1892 - April 11, 1977)Olga Raskmine Hughes (October 5, 1896 - December 24, 1974)Stella Dorthea Hughes (May 29, 1916 - December 13, 2002)Terry Wayne Hughes (Date Unknown - December 16, 1951)Henry J. Hytrek (January 20, 1918 - May 7, 2004)Ruth E.C. Hytrek (December 5, 1922 - February 7, 1985)Elmer A. Johnson (February 9, 1909 - June 5, 2005)Maurine C. Johnson (June 15, 1915 - November 2, 1992)Infant Lohr (October 24, 1963 - October 24, 1963)Laural L. Lohr (April 22, 1939 - October 24, 2002)Leta Colleen Lohr (July 11, 1961 - July 11, 1961)Jennie Grace McCormick (March 26, 1878 - March 19, 1966)Jesse William McCormick (April 5, 1901 - July 13, 1991)Myra Lucille McCormick (June 24, 1891 - March 24, 1977)Anna B. Starrett (April 11, 1884 - September, 1984)Eugene S. Starrett (August 22, 1880 - October 4, 1965)Edwin Willis Stigile (October 5, 1910 - March 8, 2003)Edwin Weston Stigile (December 4, 1880 - July 1, 1948)Robert J. Stigile (October 24, 1908 - January 14, 1995)Florence E. Thomas (December 3, 1882 - January 6, 1950)Lillie May Thomas (January 23, 1886 - May 24, 1971)Rhonda Yvonne Thomas (July 14, 1951 - July 14, 1951)William Lee Thomas (November 23, 1909 - December 22, 1985)Anna May Thon (July 8, 1886 - September 4, 1979)Bernard Francis Thon (August 5, 1917 - February 16, 1987)Elmer Frederick Vincent Thon (July 18, 1921 - March 13, 1992)Greta Thon (November 6, 1974 - May 3, 1975)Jalmer Thon (February 22, 1888 - June 3, 1958)Johnnie Andrew Thon (March 19, 1911 - February 3, 2002)Kristi Kay Thon (July 15, 1971 - July 15, 1971)Margaret Jennie Thon (January 21, 1915 - December 14, 2011)Roberta W. Thon (May 27, 1921 - July 7, 1997)Roger Eldon Thon (September 19, 1950 - December 13, 1950)Ronald Francis Thon (May 11, 1946 - August 12, 1999)Glennis L. Watson (October 23, 1958 - January 28, 2001)Michael W. Watson (June 19, 1951 - September 16, 1996)
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