Lincoln County man dead, wife considered missing and endangered

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LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A Lincoln County man has been found dead and his wife is now considered missing.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office , 50-year-old William Benhardt, of Lincoln County, and Sussette Benhardt,  also 50, were last seen at their business, Snow Hill Nursery, near Troy, MO,  around 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, having an argument.

The two were reportedly going through a divorce but still living together.

Around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, William Benhardt was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Montgomery County. His gun,  a .357 revolver, had been fired twice. One of those bullets has not been accounted for -- the other bullet Benhardt used to kill himself.

Sussette Benhardt is considered missing and endangered. Authorities have conducted an aerial search of the property in Montgomery County and a grid search with canines at the nursery, in ponds, under piles of mulch -- everywhere. Her cell phone was found in a washing machine in the couple’s home.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sussette Benhardt should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 636-528-6100.