On Saturday, imperial wizard of the Traditionalist Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was found dead in Missouri.
51-year-old Frank Ancona’s body was discovered near the Big River in Washington county by a family member who was fishing in the area.
Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen said that authorities learned on Friday that Ancona had disappeared and that his car had been located by a U.S. Forest Service employee on Forest Service property near Potosi.
In a statement issued on Saturday night, Jacobsen said, “During the investigation, one subject was arrested on an unrelated warrant and two search warrants were executed in Washington County.”
“Subsequently, a body was discovered on the bank of the Big River near Belgrade, Missouri, in southern Washington County. The body was identified as Mr. Ancona, and his family has been notified.”
Jacobsen informed the public that an autopsy is being conducted and a cause of death has not yet been released. He called the incident a “tragic and senseless act of violence.”
Ancona, who was a self-employed contractor, often said his organization has members from every state except Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.
Ancona previously told The Star in an interview that he did not incite violence but, instead, let those making terrorist threats to his organization know that he wouldn’t “sit back and let somebody throw a Molotov cocktail” at them.
On a video posted online, however, Ancona used much harsher language.
“These people are acting like savage animals,” he said of protesters. “And that’s what they are, is a bunch of savage beasts.”
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