One arrested, one dead after Valentine police search

VALENTINE, Neb. -- The Nebraska State Patrol has arrested a Valentine man for murder following a search and investigation Tuesday in Cherry County. 

Authorities said the Cherry County Sheriff's Office received a disturbance report in Kilgore Tuesday morning. The Sheriff's Office requested assistance from the NSP during their investigation. 

The same morning, law enforcement asked for the public's help in finding the two people that were believed to have been involved in the disturbance in Kilgore. 

Authorities said they found 25-year-old Kevin Kilmer of Valentine Tuesday afternoon, hiding in a wooded area. Kilmer was taken into custody and transported to the hospital in Valentine for medical clearance due to extreme temperatures. 

Later Tuesday, the second person, 52-year-old Ruth Wittmuss was found dead from an apparent homicide. 

Authorities say that after further investigation, Kilmer was arrested for first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. Kilmer was held in the Cherry County jail. 

The investigation is ongoing.

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