LEADWOOD, Missouri — A Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard who disappeared last week has been found dead in Missouri, police said.
The body of 51-year-old Frank Ancona was discovered on the banks of the Big River in central Missouri a day after authorities found his car parked nearby. Investigators found evidence of “a burn pile,” near the car and officials were awaiting the results of an autopsy.
Ancona is the Imperial Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights, a Missouri chapter of the KKK. He rose to national attention in 2014, when he said the protests in Ferguson, Missouri against the police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown had awoken a “sleeping giant” and threatened “lethal force” would be used to protect white people and police from “terrorists.”
His wife, Malissa, told police he was last seen on Wednesday when he got a call from work asking him to make a delivery in another part of the state. But investigators later determined he had not been contacted by the company.
The Daily Journal newspaper reported that police found that a safe in Ancona’s home had been broken into with a crowbar and its contents taken and police say they do not suspect burglary.
Ancona’s collection of guns was also missing, but the gun he usually carried was left at home, which he relatives said was suspicious, the newspaper reported.
Ancona’s wife said that when her husband left, he said he wanted a divorce and had taken some belongings with him.
“Frank and I weren’t getting along too well,” Malissa told KFVS-TV. “We were working on our marriage. He told me when he got back he was filing for divorce and took a bag of clothes with him.”