Missing Fulton County man found dead Thursday morning

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FULTON COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — (UPDATE — 2:40 p.m.) — The Fulton County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) released more information about Eldon L. Wright Thursday.

According to a Facebook post, Wright’s missing vehicle was located by Illinois State Police Air Ops Thursday morning in a cornfield near a tree line northeast of Astoria.

According to the Fulton County ESDA, there are currently no signs of trauma or foul play, as County Coroner Steve Hines previously reported Wright’s death was the result of a medical condition.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


(UPDATE — 1:30 p.m.) — The Fulton County Coroner confirmed a man previously reported to be missing was found dead Thursday morning.

Coroner Steve Hines said 82-year-old Eldon L. Wright was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m. Thursday as a result of a medical condition.

Hines said Wright was found in a corn field north of County Road 24 between Danner and Boucher Road.

Deputies are expected to send an update with more information later Thursday.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


(PREVIOUS) — A man who authorities have been searching for in Fulton County since Tuesday has been located.

Deputies with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office previously asked the public for help locating 82-year-old Eldon L. Wright.

Wright went missing in the Astoria area Tuesday, and deputies put an alert on the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page Wednesday.

At this time, deputies have not released what condition Wright was found in.

Authorities have also not released any information on how they found Wright.

Deputies are expected to give an update on the situation later Thursday.

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