On June 23, 2016, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office began investigating two missing adults, 50-year-old William Benhardt, of Lincoln County and 50-year-old Sussette Benhardt who were last seen at Snow Hill Nursery, which they own.

Witnesses told investigators they saw both William and Sussette arguing on the property around 10 a.m. on June 22 and that was the last time they were seen.  Around 4 p.m. on June 23, William Benhardt was found deceased in his truck with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Montgomery County.

Since 7 a.m. today, the Sheriff’s Office has coordinated and conducted thorough grid searches on foot of Snow Hill Nursery and adjoining acreage.  The total search area is in excess of 128 acres.  This morning, the Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of four canine cadaver and rescue teams with the Missouri Region “C” Technical Rescue Team to help search.  In addition, the Lincoln County Fire Protection District #1 are providing drones, boots on the ground and dive teams for the bodies of water on the properties.

Firefighters are currently staging in the area should the cadaver dogs alert.  The search for Sussette Bernhardt continues.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sussette Benhardt is encouraged to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 636-528-6100.


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