3 dead after going missing overnight in Reynolds County

REYNOLDS COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - An Illinois man and his two young sons have died after going missing overnight on a hiking trail in Reynolds County, Missouri.

Reynolds County Coroner Jess McSpadden says the Decareaux's are from Waterloo, Illinois.

According to Reynolds County Sheriff Tom Volner, David Decareaux and his boys, 10-year-old Dominic and 8-year-old Grant, were hiking on the Ozark Trail near Black, Missouri.

Volner says the hikers left camp Saturday around 11 a.m. When they left, it was around 60 degrees. And the three were wearing light clothing.

However, Volner says the weather changed that afternoon with cooler weather, heavy rains and flash flooding occurring.

Around 2 p.m., a passerby in the Sutton's Bluff area last saw Decareaux and his boys.

Then around 6-7 p.m., the camping lodge contacted the sheriff's office concerned about the Decareaux and boys' safety. The sheriff arrived at the lodge and talked to the Decareaux's wife. She said it wasn't uncommon for her husband to hunker down during a storm to let it pass.

A search ensued from that time until midnight. Volner says areas of the trail were impassable due to water. The search resumed at 7 a.m. Sunday, and Decareaux and his sons were found on the trail several hours later.

The sheriff says the David Decareaux was pronounced dead at the scene. Decareaux's sons were taken to an Ellington hospital and administered CPR before being pronounced deceased.

Volner says the temperatures got into the 20s overnight.

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