The Madison County Coroner has identified the man found in the woods near East Elementary School on Wednesday. 34-year-old Justin D. Joyce of Alton appears to have died as a result of hanging, according to information provided by the Coroner's office. Joyce was charged about a month ago in connection with the robbery of the Casey's General Store on Broadway in Alton.
Police had been looking for Joyce since the robbery the morning of December 5. Joyce was alleged to have used a hatchet to rob the store, and was subsequently charged with one count of Armed Robbery. Joyce's body was found by a 5th grade student during recess around noon Wednesday. The Alton School District has made counselors available to students.