Missing man’s death believed to be self-inflicted

The death of a man missing from Lyndon appears to be caused by suicide, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The body of Raleigh Heskett, a Lyndon man who had been missing since July 15, and his van were located in Marion County July 26. The van was parked on a little-used road between U.S. Highway 50 and Morning Star Ranch, east of Florence.

Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft said a coroner’s report identified Heskett, 67, who died of a single gunshot to the head. It appeared to be self-inflicted, the sheriff said.

Heskett had been dead for a few days before a motorist reported finding his van by the side of a road, Craft said. Heskett had no known connections to Marion County, the sheriff said.

Heskett had been the focus of a Silver Alert issued after his disappearance from the Lyndon area July 15. The Silver Alert asked the public to keep a lookout for Heskett, who was reported to be suffering from a severe laceration to his right forearm that occurred the evening he went missing.

In a press release issued last week, 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.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is still asking anyone with any information about Heskett to call the sheriff’s office at 785-828-3121 or Crime Stoppers at 877-OS-CRIME.

Information for this story provided by the Marion County Record and its news editor Adam Stewart.

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