Photos: Man, son go missing near Meramec River


by Staff

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 6:43 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 8:14 AM

(KMOV) – Police are searching for a man and his teenage son who went missing near the Meramec River Tuesday afternoon.

A woman called St. Louis County Police after she lost sight of her husband and 16-year-old son around 12:45 p.m. near Lost Hill Lane and Franklin Road. That is near the Pacific Palisades.

Michael Hill, 36, and David Hill are considered missing and nothing in the investigation has led authorities to believe an accidental drowning took place.

Police said no foul play is suspected.

The woman told police her family was in the area visiting when her husband and son went looking to fish in the Pacific Palisades Conservation area.  When they found a spot, the woman and her young grandson came to meet them, but they never met up.

Officers on the scene took the woman in for questioning.

Police said she was cooperating with authorities. The family’s van was reportedly being searched by a crime scene unit.

Investigators say the woman recently returned home from a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy.

Police and emergency crews called off the search in the heavily-wooded areas around the Meramec River at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Detectives from several agencies, including the Missing Persons Unit, were on the scene throughout the day.

The St. Louis County Police have taken the lead in the investigation.

Additional information was not immediately available.