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Major Case Squad Investigators say Macoupin County Remains Likely those of Joseph Wilson

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MACOUPIN COUNTY, IL (KTVI) - Investigators announced the human remains found in Macoupin County Monday are likely the result of a homicide, and they are likely the remains of Joseph Wilson, who disappeared in 2012. Some teenagers playing in the woods found the remains near Illinois Route 159 and Prairie Dell Road. At that time, investigators announced they might be the remains of Wilson, 24.

Friday investigators released that the remains are of a black male, about the same age as Wilson. Investigators believe they are Wilson’s remains.

Investigators described Wilson as very well-liked, and would not comment on who might have wanted to harm him. They would not say whether a person of interest is in custody, but they did say there is no imminent threat to the public.

The remains are being examined by a private firm, to see if the DNA matches up. If those remains turn-out to be those of Wilson, this becomes a new investigation.

Major Case Squad Captain Mike Dixon said, “In our investigation, although we haven't identified the human remains thus far, we have been able to link Joe Wilson’s last-known whereabouts and obtain information as to what may have happened to Mr. Wilson.”

Dixon also said they believe they know who Wilson was with when he disappeared. Still, anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department at 217-854-3135.