Tescott murder victim's dog located in California

Published: Aug. 28, 2017 at 6:15 PM CDT
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A dog that had gone missing after its owner was murdered in Ottawa County has been found.

On Aug. 12, a family member found Matt Schoshke dead in his Tescott home. His Ford F-150 and his dog, Zeus, were also missing.

On Aug. 22, authorities located the truck abandoned in California. On Aug. 25, 34-year-old Robert Colson was arrested in connection with Schoshke's murder. Zeus was still missing.

According to a post on the Facebook page, "Help the Matt Schoshke Family", a dog's photo was posted and shared to the page after it had been after seen up for adoption in a California shelter.

Photos of the dog were compared with Matt's family & friends along with law enforcement and the animal shelter, and they were able to identify him and confirm that the dog is Zeus. But, he had been adopted out.

According to the post, law enforcement helped track down the adoptive family and take Zeus into their custody.

"We are pleased to say he will be home with the family soon!"

Eyewitness News is checking with the KBI and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office to determine when they expect Zeus to arrive back home.


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says a suspect in the shooting death of a Kansas man was arrested in California after he reportedly stabbed a person on an Amtrak train.

The KBI said in a news release Monday that 34-year-old Robert Colson, of Bucksport, Maine, was arrested Saturday in Martinez, California. He was being sought in the Aug. 12 shooting death of Matthew Schoshke in Tescott, about 25 miles northwest of Salina.

The KBI said Kansas authorities went to California last week after Schoshke's missing pickup was found in Los Angeles. A first-degree murder warrant was issued Friday for Colson.

Colson was injured while trying to escape from an Amtrak train after a person was stabbed. The Ottawa County Attorney will pursue extradition once Colson is released from the hospital.

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