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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri Highway Patrol is now on the hunt for whoever struck and killed a 35 year-old St. Charles County man on Highway 370. His remains were discovered Thursday afternoon by a state trooper.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum says 35 year-old Shawn Daugherty was heading home after watching the Cardinals game with some friends late Wednesday night when his truck broke down along westbound 370. It appears that he started walking, seeking help. Then, sometime before 3 am, Daugherty was struck by a driver and killed.

His father, Jerry Daugherty, says his son was artistic and athletic. He played hockey, ran races, and ran a fiberglass business, where he repaired boats. He was the oldest of five siblings, and grew up in Portage Des Sioux. Jerry Daugherty hopes the person responsible for killing his son will come forward. He says, “We’ve heard different stories, people said they thought it was a deer. How many deer wear blue jeans? The trooper who found my son made a comment to his mother that she hopes she never sees anything like that again.” He adds, “It’s a tragic loss, especially in the way he went out.”

Nothum says investigators are working to locate the vehicle that struck him originally. He adds, “There are some other developments, we checked the logs and we did get a call of a crash there early yesterday morning between 2 and 3 o’clock. We sent a trooper by who actually located the individual’s truck.” The Highway Patrol sergeant says there was another 911 call around that time about a person walking along the side of the highway, but when troopers responded, they didn’t see anyone.

Daugherty says his son’s funeral will be held early next week, and a meal after the service will be held at the firefighter’s union hall in St. Peters.​