Farmer discovers remains in field near Ava, Mo.; Sheriff believes tied to missing man

Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 5:40 PM CST
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The Douglas County, Mo. Sheriff's Office is investigating remains found on a farm.

The remains were sent to Springfield for an autopsy and DNA testing. Authorities say they believe the remains belong to an Ozark County man that went missing back on Halloween night in 2018.

Monday evening, a local farmer called police after he found what looked like human remains on his property.

"They had been there for a long time, Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase told KY3. We processed the scene that night, late into the night and went back and did some additional processing on the following morning, on Tuesday."

The remains were found in an area not far from Highway 5, about two miles south of Ava.

"Remains were found back off the road, quite a ways. The farmer didn't state that any damage had been done to his gates or had cut any locks, so our assumption is somebody walked in," Sheriff Degase said.

The remains were discovered in an area where Willis Rex Davidson of Isabella was last seen on Halloween night 2018.

"It was Halloween of 2018, the subject was with a female. She stated he got out of the car and took off walking, Degase added. She did notify his mom. I think this is something that he does do on occasion. It was several days before the sheriff's office received the missing persons report from another family member. We entered him in as missing."

"At this time, we don't positively know who it is. We can't rule out foul play," Sheriff Degase explained.

Sheriff Degase says early indicators point towards Davidson.

"Shoe size, pant size...things of that nature that lead us to believe that it could possibly be our missing subject," Sheriff Degase stated.

Davidson is one of three men reported missing in Ozark County - Authorities there are still looking for any tips or information about their whereabouts.

If you have any information on those cases, call the Ozark County Sheriff's Office.

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