Family Mourns Death After Nebraska State Trooper Stop Turns Fatal

A Sioux City family wants answers, after their loved one ends up dead after being stopped by a Nebraska state trooper.

Thursday night family and friends gathered to say their goodbyes to 35-year-old Matthew Alhesten, who died last Sunday morning.

He was a passenger in a car that was pulled over by Nebraska State trooper near the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and G Avenue (Highway 110) near South Sioux City.

The patrol says it's being investigated as an "in custody death."

But that's all that's been disclosed about the incident.

The investigation has been turned over to the Dakota County Sheriff Office.

Family members say they can't understand what happened.

"Matthew, he was a very loving young man. His family was very important to him, he was very proud of his family and he loved them very much and we loved him," said his uncle Jim Goldspring.

And the family is frustrated they've been left in the dark.

"I just would like to know what happened. He died in police custody I'd like to know the circumstance. The family would like to have some answers," said Goldspring.

Authorities say they're waiting for the results of an autopsy before releasing any more information.

Siouxland News contacted the Dakota County Sheriff's Office but haven't received a response yet.

Arrangements for Matthew J. Ahlsten's funeral service is 11:00 a.m. at Friday, November 8 2013 at the Waterbury Funeral Service. OR