Missing man found dead

By Luke Ray | lray@wcia.com

Published 05/06 2016 03:32PM

Updated 05/06 2016 05:55PM

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A man is found dead days after he went missing. 57-year-old Dennis Bates disappeared Wednesday afternoon. Police found his body outside of Champaign County Thursday night around 10:30.

No word on a cause of death or if foul play is suspected. There's a joint investigation between Champaign County Sheriff's Office and the Illinois State Police.

People in Tolono say it's quite a shock, even those who didn't know him well. They say he had a disability and liked to be out and about, and you could see him around town in stores and driving his dark green pickup truck.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has any information about his disappearance or death is encouraged to contact ISP, Champaign County Sheriff's Office, or Crimestoppers

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