LEADWOOD, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a Ku Klux Klan leader in Missouri (all times local):
The wife and stepson of a Ku Klux Klan leader found fatally shot next to a river in eastern Missouri have been charged in his death.
A probable cause statement alleges that 51-year-old Frank Ancona was fatally shot in his sleep on Thursday. His wife, 44-year-old Malissa Ann Ancona, and her son, 24-year-old Paul Edward Jinkerson Jr., were charged Monday with first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse.
St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department detective Matt Wampler wrote in a probable cause statement that after the shooting, Ancona’s body was taken in Jinkerson’s vehicle to an area near Belgrade, Missouri, about 20 miles away.
A family that was fishing in the Big River found the body Saturday.
Ancona called himself an imperial wizard with the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
LEADWOOD, Mo. (AP) — The wife of a Ku Klux Klan leader from Missouri who was found fatally shot over the weekend is jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder.
An official at the St. Francois County Jail told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday that 44-year-old Malissa Ancona is in custody. Charges have not been filed.
Her husband, 51-year-old Frank Ancona, was found fatally shot near the Big River Saturday. He had not been seen for several days. His vehicle was found Thursday on a forestry service road near Potosi.
Ancona called himself an imperial wizard with the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. A website for the group includes an image of Ancona in a white hood and robe standing in front of a burning cross.
(Missourinet) – Charges could be filed as early as Monday in connection with the death of a missing Missouri Ku Klux Klan leader.
Autopsy results have revealed that 51-year-old Frank Ancona of Leadwood died from a gunshot wound to the head. His body was found over the weekend along the Big River near Belgrade in east central Missouri by a family who was fishing nearby. His vehicle was located in the neighboring town of Potosi.
A man has been arrested on an unrelated drug charge. KMOV-TV in St. Louis is reporting that Ancona’s stepson has been arrested by law enforcement. Multiple residences have been searched in connection with the death.
Law enforcement learned on Thursday that Ancona went missing. Ancona’s wife reported that her husband said he had to deliver something out of state for work, but his workplace says he was not assigned to a job outside of Missouri.
Ancona’s wife was also questioned by law enforcement about a Facebook post last week requesting a roommate. Mrs. Ancona reported that her husband planned to file for divorce when he returned from his trip.
Ancona held the role of imperial wizard for the Ku Klux Klan for several years.