Missing Lyndon man found dead in Marion County

071713Heskett,-Raleigh-newThe body of Raleigh Heskett, a Lyndon man who had been missing since July 14, and his van were located in Marion County on Thursday, according to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

A press release from the sheriff’s office said the cause of Heskett’s death is unknown and is still under investigation by Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Osage County Sheriff’s Office. An autopsy will be performed.

A press release from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office issued this morning said that a deceased male, thought to be Heskett, was discovered in a vehicle parked in an area south of U.S. Highway 50 in Marion County. The release said the vehicle matched the description of the van Heskett was said to be driving.

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said this morning that it was her understanding that a citizen had reported finding the vehicle. Dunn said she was awaiting more details and sheriff’s office personnel had headed to Marion County to continue the investigation.

A Silver Alert was issued for Heskett, 67, on July 15, after he was last seen in the Lyndon and Beto Junction area.

The sheriff’s office had reported Heskett was suffering from a severe laceration to his right forearm that occurred the evening he went missing, and he would not seek medical attention.

Conflicting reports from the sheriff’s office and family members said Heskett was later seen at a gas station in either Lebo or Beto Junction and was driving a brown 2002 GMC van.

The sheriff’s office called upon the public to keep a lookout for Heskett. In today’s press release, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office and the Heskett family expressed appreciation for the assistance of those who called in tips, passed out fliers and posted fliers in their business.

Anyone with any information about Heskett is still asked to call the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-OS-CRIME.

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