UPDATE: Authorities find body of missing man

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Courtesy Madison County Sheriff’s Office

UPDATE 5:00 p.m.

CASSIA COUNTY – Cassia County Sheriff’s Office reports the body of a missing man has been found after several weeks of searching.

Cassia sheriff deputies tell EastIdahoNews.com the body of Richard “Bub” Poulton was found along the river’s edge Thursday morning, a short distance east of the Milner Dam in Twin Falls County.

“We were searching today for Mr. Poulton in a helicopter, slow speed and low to the ground when he was spotted by the pilot. Very difficult to have seen him from the bank of the river unless you knew exactly where to look,” Cassia County Sheriff Jay Heyward said.

The Cassia County Sheriff’s Office sends their condolences to the family during this difficult time.

The Sheriff’s office also wants to express appreciation to the Mini-Cassia Search and Rescue Unit, to the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue K9 Teams from Boise and Idaho Falls, and to the media for making the community aware that Mr. Poulton was missing.

ORIGINAL STORY:

CASSIA COUNTY – The family of a missing man wants your help locating him and is offering a reward.

Richard “Bub” Poulton, 66, of Oakley, was last seen in Oakley on Oct. 20. The following day, Poulton’s vehicle was found stuck in the mud in a neighbor’s beet field at 700 W. Milner Road in Cassia County.

The Times-News reports Poulton’s 2011 Ford F-150 pickup appeared to be high-centered and was in drive with the engine running. The door was also open.

“Richard suffers from a mental condition and may be disoriented about where he is. Richard has a history of disappearing,” the family says.

Ground and air crews searched for Poulton for nine hours Oct. 23, but he was never found.

Poulton’s family is offering a $4,000 reward for any information that might be helpful in finding him. Crime Stoppers is also offering a $1,000 reward.

Cassia County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation.

“(It’s) an unusual case, and there is obvious concern from his family and people who know him,” Cassia County Undersheriff George Warrell told the Times-News. “At this point there is nothing that leads us to say there was a criminal act.”

Poulton is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. It is unknown what clothes he was wearing.

Anyone with information on Poulton should contact Crime Stoppers at (208) 878-2900 or the sheriff’s office at (208) 878-2251 ext. 1.

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