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Missing Cherokee, IA couple found in Omaha after traffic accident

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Elderly couple missing, Barbara and Kenneth Arndt

UPDATE (04/07/2021)

OMAHA, Neb. (KTIV) - The Omaha Police Department has released new information on a crash involving an elderly couple who were reported missing from Cherokee, Iowa.

On Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. a 1999 Blue Chevy Tahoe carrying Barbara and Kenneth Arndt was in a crash at the intersection of South 171st Street and West Center Road in Omaha.

Barbara was driving the Tahoe eastbound on West Center Road approaching 171st Street when it struck another vehicle from the back, and that vehicle was pushed into a third vehicle that was at a stoplight.

This caused the Arndt's vehicle to roll onto its passenger side, partially ejecting Kenneth who was determined to be unrestrained at the time.

Kenneth was pinned underneath the door of the vehicle. Police say he suffered a broken leg during the crash.

The Omaha Fire Department had to extricate Kenneth and Barbara, and both were taken to a local hospital.

On social media, family members have said the couple is in an Omaha hospital and both are in stable condition following the crash.

No one else involved in the Omaha crash required medical attention.


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CHEROKEE, Iowa (KTIV) - More information has been released about the missing elderly couple that were found in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Cherokee Police Department says 78-year-old Barbara Arndt and 79-year-old Kenneth Arndt, both of Cherokee, were located in Omaha after being involved in a traffic accident. Sioux City police say the accident happened on West Center Road.

On social media, family members have said the couple are in an Omaha hospital in stable condition following the accident.

Police say no additional information about the accident is available at this time. The family has been notified of this development.


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CHEROKEE, Iowa (KTIV) - A missing elderly couple from Cherokee, Iowa has been located.

The Sioux City Police Department has confirmed to KTIV the missing couple of 78-year-old Barbara Arndt and 79-year-old Kenneth Arndt has been located in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Cherokee Police Department is expected to release more information later this evening.


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CHEROKEE, Iowa (KTIV) - The Cherokee Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating two elderly adults that have gone missing.

Authorities say 78-year-old Barbara Arndt and 79-year-old Kenneth Arndt, both of Cherokee, were last seen on Monday, April 5 leaving the Menards parking lot in Sioux City. They were seen heading east on Highway 20 around 11:00 a.m.

They were driving a blue 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe with a license plate of DB 826.

Both of the adults have health issues, according to a press release from Cherokee Police.

If located, please call the Cherokee Communications Center at 712-225-6728.

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