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Sheriff: Body of missing Iron Co. man found

Cecil Hedricks was last seen on Sept. 28. (Source: Iron Co. Sheriff's Office) Cecil Hedricks was last seen on Sept. 28. (Source: Iron Co. Sheriff's Office)
IRON COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

The Iron County sheriff says the body of a missing 77-year-old man has been found.

Sheriff Roger Medley said Cecil Hedrick's body was found at 5 p.m. by a Quad County Fire Department search team.

He said Hedrick's body was about 100 yards from his vehicle, down a slope.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the body was found at 102115 on Forest Service property, about 1 mile south of Viburnum, Mo.

Sheriff Medley said there is nothing to show it is suspicious at this time. He said it appears to be a natural/accidental death at this time.

The coroner was conducting his investigation and an autopsy will be conducted.

Sheriff Medley said Hedrick's truck will be processed on Thursday morning to further rule out suspicious activity.

An endangered silver alert advisory was issued for Hedrick, who disappeared on Monday, Sept. 28, but has since been canceled.

Sheriff Roger Medley said Hedrick's truck was found by a hunter on Tuesday, Oct. 20 a little more than a mile away from Hedrick's home. The truck was removed that evening.

Search crews equipped with dogs returned to the area Wednesday, Oct. 21 around 10:30 a.m. and migrated towards Hedrick's home. 

Medley said the truck was near a power line in an area that isn't easy to see.

Hedrick was last seen at the Zepher Station 147 Route Y in Viburnum, Mo. at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 28.

Deputies said they're not sure what direction Hedrick went after he left the Zepher Station.

Sheriff Medley wanted to thank K-9 unit volunteers from Cape Girardeau County, the Highway Patrol radiation unit, Clark County Fire Department, Viburnum Police Department and deputies with the Iron County Sheriff's Office for their help with the search.

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