Body of missing man found in Jefferson County drainage ditch

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BARNHART, MO (KTVI)-- The search for a man missing for nine days has come to an end in Jefferson County.

Police say the body was found on Highway M near Interstate 55. The victim was identified as 36-year-old Dale Leija.

The victim’s sister said that it all seems very strange to her because her family already searched this area a couple of days ago because this was the area he went missing. The family didn't find anything so they came back Monday and found a wallet, some personal items, his clothes, and then they called police.

At this point Leija’s sister doesn't want to rule out foul play, but is thankful for all the support her family has received through this difficult time.

His sister is also asking for anyone who is interested in helping them out with the unexpected funeral expenses. They can donate at Commerce Bank in Arnold.


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