Missing Man Found Dead In Coles County Pond


MATTOON, IL- Mattoon Police have found the body of a missing man.

56 year old Mattoon resident Robert Wells had been reported missing January 1. He was last seen at a party on North County Road 1800 in Charleston on Christmas Eve.

When officers went to the location of the party to investigate, they found a pond nearby that had a large section of ice that appeared to have been broken up and refrozen, with motor oil on top of the ice.

Upon further investigation, police found Wells' vehicle was located under the ice. Police, along with the Coles County Dive Team, removed the vehicle from the pond Wednesday and found Wells dead inside.

Police say that the preliminary investigation did not reveal any signs of foul play, but they are continuing to look into the case.    

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