Ku Klux Klan leader found dead in river


Officials immediately began searching the area for possible leads.

According to our news partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 44-year-old Malissa Ancona was being held at the St. Francois County Jail.

Prosecutors are now seeking to process first degree murder charges Ancona's wife, along with charges of armed criminal action, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse. Frank was killed on February 9 inside a bedroom at the home he shared with Malissa, according to a probable cause statement, the paper reported. The vehicle was found in the Mark Twain National Forest on a service road on February 9, but at that time Ancona had not been reported missing. While they were in the process of serving that warrant, authorities received a call that a family that had gone fishing had found a body near the bank of the Big River, near Belgrade, Mo., about 70 miles southwest of St. Louis. She helped to clean the blood and attempt to cover up the crime, she said in a police interview. It was reported that she was acting in concert with her son.

At this point, no details of the pending investigation have been released to the media. The following morning, a search was conducted by several agencies around the area where the vehicle was found. Jacobsen said, other than what appeared to be a burn pile near Ancona's vehicle, nothing was found.

But seemingly any involvement with the KKK had little, if anything, to do with his death.

The wife and step-son of the KKK leader from Leadwood who was found dead on Saturday both face murder charges in connection to his death. The remains of KKK leader Frank Ancona were found close to the Big River; he was reportedly killed by a gunshot wound to the head. However, his employer told investigators the man was never sent on a delivery run.

Dickey also noted that all of Arcona's firearms were missing from the home, and that his wife claimed he took them with him.

Police say that his employer did not make any such call and it was his employer that reached out to police when Ancona did not show up for work on Friday.

When officers searched the house, they found a safe that had been broken open. Frank wouldn't be declared missing until Thursday.

Malissa said she last spoke with Frank on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. before he left for his job. She said he planned to file for divorce when he returned.

The same day, she posted a Facebook update inquiring about a roommate for Frank on the day that he left.

Next door neighbour James Russell, 58, said he often heard Malissa screaming at Frank.

According to local law enforcement officers, the man had not been seen since early Wednesday.



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