On Thursday, May 3, 2012, at approximately 10pm, Lincoln County Deputies were called to a residence in Moscow Mills in reference to a missing persons report. The reporting person advised her boyfriend had been missing for approximately nine hours. The woman stated she was concerned due to her boyfriend being depressed because of having been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The investigation led deputies to the Cuivre River State Park where the missing man’s vehicle was located abandoned near Blazing Star Trail. A search party was assembled with the following agencies: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Fire Department, Lincoln County Ambulance District, Missouri State Park Rangers, Department of Natural Resources, and the Missouri Region “C” K-9 Team.
The search team spent the night searching the park. The search went on until Friday afternoon when at approximately 11am, the body of a 49-year-old Hispanic male was located in a wooded area approximately 200-yards from his vehicle.
The cause of death is an apparent suicide; however, the Lincoln County Coroner is awaiting results of a toxicology report which could take up to six weeks. The victim’s name is not being released at this time until proper notification of all family members has been made.