The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has been officially deactivated as of last night after an investigation brought on by the discovery of portions of a corpse in rural Macoupin County. While the identification of the remains has yet to be confirmed, police believe the remains are that of 24-year-old Joseph Wilson of Royal Lakes; a disabled man missing since 2012. More than 50 leads were investigated in the five day activation.
The remains were found by the teens in a patch of woods south of Royal Lakes. Major Case Squad Captain Mike Dixon says if the remains turn out to not belong to Wilson there is a chance that the Major Case Squad could be reactivated and a new investigation would begin. DNA tests could take several weeks but are necessary as Wilson had never been to a dentist so there are no dental records. After examination by an Illinois State Police anthropologist and a forensic pathologist, the report suggests the bones were that of an African American man. Dixon says they do believe they know who Wilson was with when he disappeared but urges anyone with information on the case to call the Macoupin County Sheriffs Office at 217-854-3135.