The body of Ku Klux Klan leader, Frank Ancona, who had been missing for several days, was found on a Missouri riverbank, according to police. Ancona, 51, was the self-proclaimed imperial wizard of a KKK chapter near St. Louis, according to a website promoting the group.
Ancona’s body was found by a family who had gone to the Big River in Missouri to go fishing, according to Daily Journal, a local newspaper. He was last seen alive on Wednesday morning by his wife, when he was heading out for work, the Daily Journal reported.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office posted a statement regarding Ancona’s death on their Facebook page.
“On Friday the Washington County Sheriff’s Office learned of the disappearance of Frank Ancona who was missing from Leadwood Missouri. During this time, we were also informed Mr. Ancona’s vehicle had been located by a United States Federal Forest Service employee on Federal Forest Service Property,” the statement, which is attributed to Sheriff Zach Jacobsen, begins.
“During the investigation, one subject was arrested on an unrelated warrant and two search warrants were executed in Washington County. Subsequently, a body was discovered on the bank of the Big River near Belgrade Missouri, in southern Washington County,” the statement continues.
Following the discovery of the body, it was taken to the Washington County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy, where the body was identified as Ancona, Jacobson said.
“The body was identified as Mr. Ancona, and his family has been notified,” Jacobson noted in the Facebook statement.
Ancona’s cause of death has not yet been released, Jacobson said.
“The Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our sympathy to Mr. Ancona’s family and friends. I would like to thank the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Saint Francois County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance and professionalism during this tragic and senseless act of violence. I would also like to thank my staff for the professionalism and dedication they show day in and day out for our great community, and to the citizens of Missouri,” the statement concludes.
In the past, Ancona had conducted interviews with the media, speaking on behalf of the group. In 2014, Ancona appeared on the MSNBC show “All In”, in which he defended fliers that had been distributed by the KKK during the protests that took place in Ferguson, Missouri, that year.
The fliers that were distributed threatened “lethal force” against “terrorists mas-querading as ‘peaceful protestors.’”