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Missing man found dead in rural Franklin County, police investigating

More than 600,000 people go missing every year

According to statistics from the National Missing and Unidentified Person system, more than 600,000 people go missing ever year in the United States.
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According to statistics from the National Missing and Unidentified Person system, more than 600,000 people go missing ever year in the United States.

A 42-year-old man who went missing from Buckner the night of Jan. 23 was found dead Saturday in a rural area of Buckner.

Alan K. Woolard was last seen walking away from his home in Buckner around 11 p.m. Jan. 23, according to an earlier release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

On Saturday morning, members of the Southern Illinois Search Team found Woolard’s body in a rural area of Buckner.

Woolard’s body is scheduled for an autopsy Monday morning, a release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office stated.

Illinois State Police, Buckner Police, Christopher Police and Franklin County Emergency Management Agency continue to investigate his death.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 618-438-4841.

Belleville News-Democrat news editor Dana Rieck was selected as Editor and Publisher’s “25 Under 35 Newspaper Leaders” for 2018 and works with the Online News Association in St. Louis. She attended Colorado State University and grew up in Loveland, Colorado.


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