Missing Cedarville man found dead in Stephenson County

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — UPDATED: The Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office says Raymond Balles, 56, who was reported missing on Monday, has been found dead.

Police say Balles’ body was found at the scene of a single vehicle accident just north of Route 73 and Lena around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

On Monday, police said Balles had been last seen leaving a bar in Winslow on Sunday, September 26th.

According to police, Balles, who is from Cedarville, was last seen on his motorcycle, leaving Bobber’s Tap on Winslow Road around 5:30 p.m.

Balles’ body was located by drone in a field north of Louisa Road, police said.

Police said the evidence showed that Balles was headed southbound on Route 73 when he left the west side of the roadway and struck a large rock, which sent him into an area of very tall grass.

Police say the investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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