The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has been activated after human skeletal remains were found in Macoupin County on Monday. Police were called after children playing in the area reportedly made the discovery and told their parents. The remains were found yesterday afternoon on property in the 7200 block of State Route 159.
Authorities say evidence at the scene leads investigators to believe the victim likely died as a result of a homicide. 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. In the spring of 2012 the Macoupin County Sheriff's Department took a report of a missing person just north of where this body was found. Joseph Wilson was 24-years-old at the time of his disappearance, and investigators are considering the possibility these remains may be his. If you have any information about Wilson or the remains, you are asked to call 618-585-3214. The Major Case Squad was activated by the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department and is working out of the Bunker Hill Police Department.