LEADWOOD, Mo. (AP) – It has been confirmed that the death of a self-proclaimed Imperial Wizard with the KKK is being investigated as a homicide.
Washington County coroner Brian DeClue on Sunday confirmed to KMOX News that Frank Ancona, 51, had been shot in the head, but he didn’t release any other information from an autopsy performed Sunday afternoon.
The Misouri State Highway Patrol has joined the sheriff’s departments from Washington and St. Francois County in the investigation.
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Authorities are investigating the death of a Missouri man who identified himself as an “imperial wizard” of the Ku Klux Klan.
Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen told the Park Hills Daily Journal the body of 51-year-old Frank Ancona of Leadwood, Missouri, was found near the Big River, Saturday, by a family fishing in the area.
Ancona had been missing since Wednesday, and his car was found Friday evening.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
In the past Ancona had been quoted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about his role in the KKK, and a website for the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan features a photo of him in a white hood and robe standing in front of a burning cross.
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