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Remains found in Macoupin County identified

Major Case Squad updates Macoupin County case

Major Case Squad detectives updated reporters on the status of an investigation involving the discovery Monday of skeletal remains in rural Macoupin County. Evidence points to the victim being a Royal Lakes man who was reported missing in 2012.
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Major Case Squad detectives updated reporters on the status of an investigation involving the discovery Monday of skeletal remains in rural Macoupin County. Evidence points to the victim being a Royal Lakes man who was reported missing in 2012.

Macoupin County officials have confirmed the skeletal remains found near Royal Lakes on Feb. 15 are those of Joseph Wilson.

Wilson, 24, was reported missing by family members in April 2012.

In the days after the remains were found, investigators with the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department and the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis said that they strongly believed the remains found were those of Wilson.

Within about a month we figured foul play had occurred. It was common talk around Royal Lakes that something bad happened to Joseph.

Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl

The skeletal remains were located by teens walking in a wooded area south of Royal Lakes, west of Illinois 159 and north of Prairie Dell Road.

Wilson lived with family members on Mulberry Avenue in Royal Lakes.

Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl would not release additional details about examinations of Wilson’s remains aimed at learning how he died. He said investigators matched DNA extracted from the remains with DNA taken from Wilson’s mother, who lives near Chicago.

Kahl said in February that “within about a month (of Wilson’s family reporting him missing) we figured foul play had occurred. It was common talk around Royal Lakes that something bad happened to Joseph.”

Kahl said Monday the Major Case Squad would finish its case reports in the coming days and forward them to the office of Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson, who would determine whether charges would be filed.

“We’re really pleased with the investigation,” Kahl said. Of the possibility charges could be filed in the case, Kahl said “it looks pretty promising.”

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND

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