On August 15, 2012, the Missouri State Highway Patrol was notified of a vehicle off the roadway in rural Bates County with a body inside. A trooper located the vehicle, a red 2004 Toyota Highlander, in a field near Route J east of Route Y outside Amsterdam, Missouri.
The body of a white male was found inside the vehicle and was identified as David L. Dotson, age 66. Mr. Dotson had been reported missing from Overland Park, Kansas since August 9, 2012.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is handling the investigation. Foul play is not suspected in the death of Mr. Dotson.