Body of missing Collinsville man found in St. Louis

News-DemocratFebruary 12, 2014 

A dog walker in St. Louis found the body of a missing Collinsville man who police said was a homicide victim.

Collinsville Police confirmed that the body found along railroad tracks not far from the McKinley Bridge was that of Joseph Hartsoe, 22, who had been reported missing on Dec. 1. He was last seen leaving a relative's house on Nov. 25.

Collinsville Police spokesman Major Tom Coppotelli said the investigation into Hartsoe's disappearance was ongoing, and all information was turned over to St. Louis Police, which will be the lead investigating agency in Hartsoe's death.

According to St. Louis Police, a person walking a dog in the 3000 block of Wharf Street reported the body at 10:13 a.m. Monday. Homicide investigators found the partially decomposed body, which they identified as Hartsoe the next day.

The manner of death has been ruled as homicide, but the cause of death is as yet undetermined, according to St. Louis Police. Officials at the St. Louis City Medical Examiner's office said they will not release details on its findings due to the active homicide investigation.

Hartsoe's family has been in the public eye throughout his disappearance, asking people to come forward with any information about him and holding a public vigil on Dec. 30 for his safe return. They could not be reached for comment.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at or 618-239-2507.

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