A Ku Klux Klan leader was reportedly found dead under suspicious circumstances near a river in Missouri after being reported missing by his employer.
The man has been identified as Frank Ancona, 51, who was listed as an imperial wizard with the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
He was found dead outside Belgrade, Mo., near Big River, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office confirmed early Sunday morning. Belrade is 90 miles southwest of St. Louis.
“Right now no one has been charged in his death, but that may change tomorrow,” Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen said Sunday to the Park Hills Daily Journal.
UPI/Breitbart reports that on Friday, the sheriff said his office learned Ancona had gone missing. A Federal Forestry Service employee located Ancona’s vehicle on a forestry service road that day and waited until Saturday to search the area because it was dark outside.
The dispatch center received a call from a woman who was taking her family fishing that they had located a body near the Big River’s bank. The body was transported to the Washington County Corner’s Office for an autopsy and the family was notified late Saturday.
“He has an out-of-state job and had to make a run,” she said to KFVS-TV.
Police said Ancona’s employer made no such call and reached out to authorities on Friday after he was a no-show at work.
Daily News reports that a safe inside the couple’s home was bashed in with a crowbar and its contents missing when an officer stopped by the home.
Leadwood Police Chief William Dickey said a burglary was not suspected.
Cops also questioned Ancona’s wife on a Facebook posting she made the day of his disappearance that sought a roommate for her husband.
She said Ancona was filing for divorce when he returned and would likely need help paying for rent, according to authorities.
The KKK group’s website features a picture of him in a white hood and robe standing in front of a burning cross.
In 2014, Robert Jones, the Imperial Klaliff of the Loyal White Knights, said doesn’t think the Traditionalist American Knights are legitimate because he believed their leader, Ancona, to be Jewish.
Ancona denied that he was Jewish and called the Loyal White Knights and Jones a bunch of “drunks and druggies.”
“If I was a Jew, I’d admit it,” Ancona told the New Lenox Patch. “We don’t want their white trash Hoosier types. Apparently their messing around with alcohol has destroyed their last few remaining brain cells.”
On the website, Ancona said: “Our mission is to preserve our White culture and heritage but also be relevant to the happenings going on in our Republic today. We must defeat these communist socialist anti-God anti-white anti american enemies within our own borders. It is essential that we wake as many of our fellow White citizens up as quickly as possible and recruit them to our cause.”
In the wake of the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Ancona threatened that KKK members would use “lethal force” against protesters.
The KKK leader was named in a 2013 lawsuit lodged by the American Civil Liberties Union against the city of Desloge for preventing Ancona’s KKK group from distributing neighborhood watch leaflets, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
UPDATE- (3 p.m. Sunday): The autopsy on the body of Frank Ancona revealed he died as result of a gunshot to the head. Charges should be filed as early as Monday morning. (Daily Journal)
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