Farmer finds human remains

Erika Ward, Editor-in-Chief

Today, the McDonough County Sheriff’s Department was notified by a farmer who reported finding a blue jacket in a corn field southeast of Good Hope.  Police arrived on scene and discovered human remains.

According to a release from Sheriff Rick VanBrooker, a positive identification has not yet been made but the remains believe to be those of Michael W. Mason, 34, of Bushnell, who went missing earlier this summer after running into a cornfield under the influence of Methamphetamine.

Mason went missing on July 4.

The farmer contacted police around 3:00 p.m. today and officers discovered a wallet with identification, leading them to believe the remains belong to Mason.

“Further testing will be conducted before a positive identification is declared,” reads the release.

The event is currently under investigation.  Check back for updates as this story develops.