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Body had ID of missing man

Staff writer

The driver’s license of a Marion man last seen in February was found on a body May 2 in a pasture near the intersection of 160th and Xavier roads, but the condition of the body was such that law enforcement couldn’t make a positive identification.

Charles Hilliker was last seen Feb. 13 and was reported missing March 8, Marion Police Chief Josh Whitwell said.

Details of his disappearance were not released because the case remains under investigation.

Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft said his department and Marion Police Department had been searching the area for the 70-year-old man since he was reported missing. Other law enforcement duties and weather had slowed the search, he said.

The body was found at approximately 3:30 p.m. May 2 by Craft, Whitwell, and Marion Police Sgt. Clinton Jeffrey.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation assisted in processing the scene and collecting forensic evidence. The body was transported to the Sedgwick County Forensic Center for examination and an autopsy to help to identify the body and determine the cause of death.

Last modified May 18, 2011

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