July 13, 2006

Search For Rutledge Man Ends Tragically

The body of a Rutledge man who had been missing since June 26th was found on July 7th by family members that had traveled to Scotland County to file an official missing persons report.

William H. (Bill) Loveall, 84, went missing in the last week of June. A friend requested the Scotland County Sheriffs Department perform a well-being check on Loveall on July 2. An officer from the department traveled to the Rutledge residence and found the home to be locked and no vehicle was present.

On July 7th two of Lovealls daughters traveled to Memphis to file an official missing persons report with the sheriffs department after being unable to locate their father. The family members traveled to the farm where Lovealls son-in-law reportedly located his remains in a large pond on the property.

Officers from the Scotland County Sheriffs Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported to the scene.

Scotland County Coroner Ginny Monroe stated that a diver from the Scotland County Fire and Rescue Squad located Lovealls vehicle submerged in approximately 16-feet of water in the pond.

An autopsy was performed on July 8th in Memphis and it was determined that Loveall had died of natural causes. Monroe stated he apparently suffered a heart attack while he was in his vehicle. It was believed that the vehicle then traveled into the pond.

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