Body found on riverfront in downtown Cape, police search for another missing man

By CJ Cassidy
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Cape Girardeau police have their hands full as they take on two cases, one involving a body found by the riverfront, and a missing person case.

Both men were mentally disabled and staying at residential care facilities in Cape Girardeau.

In the first case, Coroner John Clifton says the man whose body was found laying on the rocks near the water's edge has been identified as Thomas Turner.

Police say the 57 year old was reported missing around midnight on Wednesday.

Investigators say the man was dressed in jeans, a black jacket, cowboy boots and a hat found at the top of the river walk has since been reported as belonging to Turner.

Clifton says there were some bruises on the Turner's body consistent with a fall and that there are signs the man had been in the water, but an autopsy will be performed in Farmington on Saturday to figure out an exact cause of death.

In the second case, police are working on tracking down a missing man.

Anthony Parker, 45, of Cape has been missing since January 8th.

Officers are concerned because he is also mentally disabled, and family members want to make sure he's okay.

Police believe he could be with a couple who may have moved to Florida.  His bicycle was found outside the couple's home on Park Avenue two days after Parker disappeared.

Heartland News spoke with managers at the residential care facility where Parker lived.

They say he never went anywhere without his bicycle.

Police say there's no reason to suspect any foul play, but investigators just want to make sure Parker is doing well.

If you have any information you think might help, please call the Cape Girardeau police.