Missing Marion County man found dead following extensive search

Jason Hinton of Marion County went missing in Chase County on April 5. Following extensive searches, Hinton was found deceased on April 16.

Hinton was last seen in Chase County on April 5, driving a white Ford Ranger pickup, when he wrecked on private property near milepost 317 off US Highway 5 near Cedar Point. The accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Hinton walked off from his vehicle after wrecking. Damage to the truck was very minor, and no evidence of any injuries occurred.

Lisa Cox, Hinton’s sister, said Hinton did not have a cell phone with him. Hinton was a type one diabetic, and it was unknown if he had insulin with him at the time of his disappearance. Cox organized extensive searches with several law enforcement agencies. On April 12, search and rescue dogs were brought in to assist in the search.

We have been out here searching all day, beginning at 7:30 this morning,” Cox said on April 12. “They have had dogs searching, sheriff’s deputies and we haven’t found anything. We still haven’t found Jason.”

Cox scheduled another search on Saturday, asking for help from members of the public. A group gathered Saturday morning with drones, boats, ATVs and on horseback to conduct the search. Saturday afternoon, it was announced that Hinton’s body had been found in the river.

The body of Jason Hinton, who went missing on April 5, was found today Saturday, April 16, 2022, at approximately 10:30 a.m.,” the Chase County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. “The investigation and autopsy results are still pending. The body was found in the Cottonwood River near where Jason Hinton’s pick-up was located near Cedar Point, Kan.”

Hinton was 44 years old. He is survived by a wife and son. No funeral arrangements have been released at this time.

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