Bodies of man, 4-year-old child found in Gasconade County

The child was found dead with a man referred to as a family friend

Associated Press
September 17, 2019 - 7:30 pm

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HERMANN, Mo. (AP/KMOX) -- Authorities in Gasconade County are investigating the deaths of a 4-year-old boy and the 37-year-old family friend the child was with. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the child was reported missing Monday night from Belle, about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis. The child had reportedly been with a man described as a family friend since Sunday morning. 

The patrol says the man's vehicle was found in rural Gasconade County at 11:30 p.m. Monday. The bodies of the man and the child were found nearby. 

Names have not been released. Police have not disclosed any additional information. 

Autopsies are planned.