Remains found in Douglas County believed to be those of missing Ozark County man

Remains found in Douglas County are believed to be those of an Ozark County man missing for over one year. Douglas County authorities believe the remains are those of Willis Rex Davidson of Isabella who was last seen Halloween night in 2018.


Photo: Willis Rex Davidson

According to a report from KYTV, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was notified Monday night by a man who had found the remains on his farm located on State Highway 5 about 2 miles south of Ava. Sheriff Chris DeGase says it appears the remains had been there for a long time. The farmer did not report any damage to gates or fencing, so DeGase says they believe the person walked into the area.

Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed in an earlier Facebook post asked residents to come forward with any information they may have in Davidson’s disappearance. Reed told the Ozark County Times then that several people had been interviewed, and deputies suspect foul play may have been involved.

The remains have been sent to Springfield for an autopsy and DNA testing, but DeGase believes they are those of Davidson.

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