Klu Klux Klan ‘imperial wizard’ Frank Ancona has been found dead under suspicious circumstances near a river in Washington county, Missouri. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death, according to police.
Ancona’s body was discovered on Saturday by a family who were going fishing. He was last seen at his home on Wednesday.
“We processed the scene and the body was transported by the Washington County Coroner’s office for an autopsy to determine a cause of death,” Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen said. “Right now no one has been charged in his death, but that may change tomorrow.”
His car was also found close to where his body was discovered.
Ancona’s wife Malissa said he left home after being called to work to make an out of state delivery of car parts. According to police, no such call was made, however, and his place of employment had reached out to Leadwood Police Department citing concerns about his whereabouts.
His wife said he took all of his firearms with him when he left, although other members of his family have disputed this. He left a handgun he usually carried with him in the house, which his wife handed over to the police.
Police said a safe in the Anconas’ home had been opened with a crowbar and emptied when they arrived at the house.
Ancona’s wife posted on Facebook the day he went missing that her husband was looking for a roommate. When questioned, she said he had told her he was filing for divorce upon his return and she said he would need help to pay the rent.
Ancona was a member of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK. The white supremacist group claims its mission is “to preserve our White culture and heritage” and “defeat these communist socialist anti-God anti-white anti-american enemies within our own borders.”
Ancona has made numerous media appearances, and previously claimed the KKK is not a hate group.
During the 2014 Ferguson protests over the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, Ancona referred to demonstrators as “terrorists” and said the KKK would use lethal force to defend against the protesters.
Ancona’s recent relationship with the Loyal White Knights of the KKK has seemingly deteriorated as its website accuses Ancona of being a Jew and a “federal informant.”
The site claims Ancona “first popped up out of nowhere declaring himself Imperial Wizard of his Fake Klan which we all assume is a group created by the government, ADL or JEWISH Southern Poverty Law Center in order to collect names of White ’extremest’ as they call us to turn into the government to put on ‘Terrorist watch list’.”