DNA test identifies body of missing Boone County man

The body of Billy Joe Basinger was found in the Mississippi River near St. Louis
Friday, April 15, 2011 | 7:37 a.m. CDT; updated 10:39 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 15, 2011

ST. LOUIS — DNA testing has identified the remains pulled last year from the Mississippi River as a central Missouri man who disappeared 13 months ago.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the body is that of Billy Joe Basinger, 55, of Ashland. His head and torso were found Aug. 15 between two barges in St. Louis.

Basinger was last seen in the early hours of March 22, 2010, after he left home in his Toyota Tundra pickup truck.

Authorities say there is no indication of foul play.


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