The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis says human skeletal remains found in Macoupin County on Monday may be that of a male. The identity of the victim is unknown at this point pending forensic examination, but a preliminary examination by an anthropologist suggests the remains are that of a male. The possibility it is that of a missing Royal Lakes man is also being considered.
Joseph Wilson was 24-years-old at the time of his disappearance, and his last known residence was the home of a cousin in Royal Lakes, which is just north of where the remains were found. Police were called after children playing in the area reportedly made the discovery and told their parents. The remains were found on property in the 7200 block of State Route 159, and evidence at the scene suggests the victim likely died as a result of a homicide. If you have any information about Wilson or the remains, you are asked to call 618-585-3214.