Missing Hunter Body Found

Missing Hunter Body Found

According MSHP, on January 15, at approximately 10:08 a.m., search teams recovered a body in the water at the Four Rivers Conservation Area in Vernon County. The body was positively identified as Adam J. Nixson, 29, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Mr. Nixson was reported missing on Saturday, December 28, 2015, after he failed to return from a duck hunting trip. Once recovered, the body was released to the Vernon County Coroner David Ferry and transported to the Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, Missouri.

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Authorities continue to search for a Pleasant Hill, Missouri man who went missing while hunting in Vernon County. But freezing temperatures have slowed the recovery effort. It’s been two weeks since 29-year-old Adam Nixson went on a duck hunting trip with his chocolate lab Jack at the Four Rivers Conservation Area in Vernon County.

After Christmas the region was heavily flooded, making conditions dangerous for even an experienced hunter like Nixson. Shortly after he was reported missing investigators recovered his boat, dog, and some of his gear, but so far no sign of Nixson. Missouri Conservation Department agents are being assisted by the Marine Division of the State Highway Patrol. T

They’ve been out there every day searching the wetlands area of about 3,500 acres and when weather allows searching on a boat equipped with sonar and dredging the bottom floor. The cold weather has hampered some of this effort since most of the marsh today is frozen over. The wetlands are intentionally flooded about 2-3 ft to create a waterfowl hunting habitat. But the recent rains we had this weekend has made water levels rise making it difficult to drain until we have warmer weather and the water levels go back down.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant John Lueckenhoff says “You know, sure if it was a springtime 75 degree day you know it would be much better search conditions. You know, the weather is irrelevant. Those officers and those agents that are up there are dedicated to providing closure for this family.”

A GoFundMe Scholarship fund has been set up for Nixson’s two young boys James and Miles.