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Missing man's body found in western Taylor CountySubmitted: 03/15/2019
Missing man's body found in western Taylor County
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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lkimble@wjfw.com

VILLAGE OF GILMAN - Police in Taylor County found the body of a man who walked away from a mental health treatment facility several weeks ago.

John R. Shest, 21, was found partially buried in the snow south of Gilman on Thursday.

Shest was last seen leaving the Corner Store in Gilman on Feb. 24, having just bought alcohol.  Earlier that day, Shest walked away from the Phoenix House in Gilman.


Deputies and the Gilman Police Chief looked for Shest, but couldn't find him that day. The TCSO continued to try and find Shest, but they did not receive any leads.

Sheriff Larry Woebbeking says the investigation points to Shest walking down the railroad tracks to try and stay hidden.

The Phoenix House has two wings with a total of 20 beds.

"Our goal will always be to get our clients healthy and to get them back home, wherever that may be," the Phoenix House's website's 'about us' section explains.  "We never want to keep a client for any longer than we absolutely have to. We want to teach our clients how to live with a mental illness and how to stand on their own two feet."

The sheriff's office does not believe foul play was a factor in Shest's death.


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