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 person’s report.

William H. (Bill) Loveall, 84, went missing in the last week of June. A friend requested the Scotland County Sheriff’s 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 Loveall’s daughters traveled to Memphis to file an official missing person’s report with the sheriff’s department after being unable to locate their father. The family members traveled to the farm where Loveall’s son-in-law reportedly located his remains in a large pond on the property.

Officers from the Scotland County Sheriff’s 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 Loveall’s 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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