(KMOV) – Authorities say the remains of a missing person were discovered in a septic tank in St. Francois County on Thursday.
The St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department said the badly decomposed remains were found on unoccupied property on Highway K, located just northeast of Bonne Terre around 12 p.m.
Neighbors told News 4 the tank was located behind a garage next to a cabin where no resides. They said investigators had been at the property since Wednesday morning.
Deputies did not confirm the victim’s identity. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday morning.
Authorities said the body’s discovery was the result of a seven-month missing person investigation. Additional information was not immediately available.
Bonne Terre is located about 50 miles southwest of St. Louis.