Police have launched an investigation into Frank Ancona’s death after his body was discovered near a river three days after he went missing.
The 51-year-old self-proclaimed “Imperial Wizard” of a chapter of the white supremacist group near St Louis, in Missouri, was last seen by his wife on Wednesday after “packing a bag and taking his guns” and had not made contact with family since.
His wife Malissa said he told her he had been called to work to make an “out-of-state delivery”.
Police said Ancona’s employer did not send him on any such job and they contacted the authorities after he failed to turn up to work on Friday.
mperial Wizard Frank Ancona was found dead in St Louis, Missouri
Right now no one has been charged in his death, but that may change tomorrow
Ancona runs the website "Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” which features photographs of him wearing KKK robes in front of a burning cross.
Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen said: “We processed the scene and the body was transported by the Washington County Coroner’s office for an autopsy to determine a cause of death.
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“Right now no one has been charged in his death, but that may change tomorrow.”
After the notorious police shooting death of Michael Brown, Ancona threatened that KKK members would use “lethal force” against protesters.
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He was named as a KKK leader in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties union against the city of Desloge after his group were allowed to distribute neighbourhood watch leaflets.
Mr Ancona was a leader of the white supremacist group
His son, also named Frank, wrote on Facebook “This isn’t like my Dad” after his disappearance.
Despite his self proclaimed position amongst the group, Ancona’s relationship had deteriorated with the Loyal White Knights of the KKK.
Their website accused Ancona of being a “federal informant” and claim he “first popped up out of nowhere declaring himself Imperial Wizard of his Fake Klan which we all assume is a group created by the government, ADL or JEWISH Southern Poverty Law Center in order to collect names of White ’extremest’ as they call us to turn into the government to put on ‘Terrorist watch list’.”
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