Body found in Clay County

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Efforts are continuing as authorities attempt to determine the identity of a body found three miles north of Knobel Saturday night. The body was found at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday night by Union Pacific Railroad employees who were travelling north on the railroad who in turn contacted the Clay County Sheriff's Department. According to investigators, the body was found approximately 20 feet away from the gravel which is used to build up the surface surrounding the tracks.

Sheriff Gerald McClung noted the body was fully clothed and "appeared to have been there for quite some time." The remains were transferred to Corning by Ermert Funeral Service before transport to Little Rock Monday.

Though the identity of the body has yet to be confirmed, clues found at the scene point to the remains as being those of 80-year-old Andrew Haukereid. Haukereid disappeared last month after last being seen May 19 aboard an Amtrak train traveling from San Antonio to Chicago to celebrate his 80th birthday with family. Haukereid's belongings arrived in Chicago, but he was not aboard the train. Images from Amtrak surveillance show Haukereid aboard the train as far as Little Rock. However, stations at Walnut Ridge and Poplar Bluff do not have surveillance, so his progress could be tracked no farther.

The Clay County Sheriff's Department has been in contact with Haukereid's family, who has sent dental records to the medical examiner's office to aid in identification.

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