Franklin County Sheriff's Office and St. Clair Fire Protection District personnel on Friday night were assisting St. Louis County authorities check out information that may be connected to the father-son duo who disappeared on Tuesday at the Meramec River access at Pacific Palisades.
Franklin County Sheriff's Major Mike Copeland told The Missourian at the Chouteau Claim access in the Moselle area on Friday evening that a boater allegedly found some personal effects from either 36-year-old Michael Hill or his 16-year-old son, David Hill, on the bank of the Meramec River near the old railroad trestle that runs parallel to the road that leads to the river access near Highway AH and Old Cove Road.
Little else was known.
A missing persons detective from St. Louis County arrived at the river access shortly after 6 p.m. and traveled with St. Clair firefighters in a rescue boat to the railroad trestle where the property allegedly was found.
"As I understand it, someone found some property of Mr. Hill's," Copeland said. "It was found near the railroad trestle. Right now, it's just being checked out. We don't know if it's anything or not."
Copeland said St. Louis County is heading the investigation. Additional personnel from there was expected to arrive at the river access throughout the evening.
The Chouteau Claim access is near where the Meramec and Bourbeuse rivers meet.
The St. Louis County Police Department has issued an endangered persons advisory for an Illinois man and his son who were reported missing at the Meramec River access at Pacific Palisades.
Michael Hill, 36, and his son David Hill, 16, were last seen around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 2.
Police said Hill’s wife reported them missing after Hill and his son told family members they were going fishing and did not return.
The men were last seen on foot in the area of the Meramec River access carrying bags that possibly contained fishing equipment, police said.
Officers searched the river extensively, but found no evidence that the Hills had drowned.
Michael Hill is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, with brown hair, hazel eyes and a long beard. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt under a flannel button-up shirt and blue jeans.
David Hill is a white male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 140 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He also was wearing a white T-shirt under a flannel button-up shirt, blue jeans and Converse shoes.
Anyone with any information related to the endangered missing persons should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the St. Louis County Police at 314-615-5360.