Body of Kansas man missing 23 years recovered

Fremont O'Berg (Courtesy: KSHB)

PAOLA, Kansas (AP) – Authorities say a car pulled from a northeast Kansas lake last week contained the body of a man missing since 1992.

An autopsy identified the remains as 57-year-old Fremont O’Berg, who was living in rural Paola, Kansas, when he disappeared.

The Miami County Sheriff’s department said in a news release Tuesday that the body was found after a fisherman using underwater sonar equipment detected a submerged vehicle in Hillsdale Lake. When the vehicle was pulled from the lake, O’Berg’s remains were found in the driver’s seat.

The Kansas City Star reports information circulated after O’Berg’s January 1992 disappearance noted he suffered from heart and liver issues as well as acute bronchitis.

His family released a statement saying the recovery answers many questions and also asking for privacy.

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