Body found in Gasconade County pond; slaying suspected

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OWENSVILLE, Mo. (AP) – Authorities in east-central Missouri’s Gasconade County say they’re investigating as a homicide the death of a person whose body has been found in a pond.

The Gasconade County Sheriff’s Office says in a posting on its Facebook page that its investigation of a missing-person report Tuesday led them to the pond.

Divers found human remains and what the sheriff’s department said was unspecified “evidence of an apparent homicide.”

The Facebook posting said the remains haven’t been identified, and authorities haven’t specified whether the remains are those of the person who had been reported missing.

Authorities say they’re looking for a 60-year-old St. Louis-area man as a “person of interest” in the case.

The Gasconade County Sheriff’s Office posted this update to Facebook:

“During the morning hours of March 21, 2017 members of the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a report of a missing person at an address located off Route V near Owensville, Missouri. Following the preliminary investigation, the Maries County Dive Team was contacted and responded to assist with the search for the missing person. During a search of a pond, divers located human remains and evidence of an apparent homicide.

As this investigation continues, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has been contacted to assist with the investigation as well.

As of the time of this release, the remains located by the divers have not been identified.

The Gasconade County Sheriff’s Office is looking for James “Charlie” Holt Jr., white male, age 60 of Florissant, Missouri. Although Mr. Holt is only considered to be a person of interest, he has not been located at this time.

If you are aware of his location or any information pertaining to this investigation, please contact the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Office at 573-486-2424, or Gasconade County Central Dispatch at 573-437-7770.

I am asking that the public be patient, as I will be forthcoming with as much information as I can, as information becomes available. This investigation is still on-going and no further comments can be made at this time.”