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(AUDIO) Missing body confirmed as DeBrodie’s

UPDATE (3:42 p.m. April 28, 2017): Fulton police say tests have confirmed that the body found Monday was DeBrodie’s.

(ORIGINAL STORY) Medical examiners are now working to confirm the identity of a body found in a homemade, wooden container full of concrete in a Fulton storage unit.

Police say it’s almost surely Carl DeBrodie, the man with special needs reported missing from his Fulton group home last week. But Lt. Bill Ladwig says on Wake Up Columbia it appears DeBrodie was stuffed in that container months ago.

“It seemed very clear to us that it had probably been several months since he had been alive.”

Ladwig says the department is investigating the DeBrodie case as a “completely suspicious death.” No word of any arrests yet.

“I’ve been at this for about 20 years, and this is the most bizarre, and probably the most…you won’t forget this one.”

Our Wake Up Columbia interview on Thursday with Lt. Ladwig:


(Earlier story from The Associated Press)

(AP) – Investigators say DNA from the mother of a missing Missouri man could help to determine if it was his body found encased in concrete inside a dumpster in a storage unit.

Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers says he is 95 percent sure the body found Monday is that of 31-year-old Carl DeBrodie, who had lived at a group home for the developmentally disabled in Fulton for nine years. Fulton is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of St. Louis.

Myers says he expects to meet DeBrodie’s mother Wednesday.

DeBrodie was reported missing April 17, but Myers says he was likely missing for months.

Myers says investigators have pursued over 150 leads since the body was discovered.

A medical examiner will positively identify the body and determine the cause of death.

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