Missing New Madrid County man found dead

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- A Portageville man was found dead Monday night after a search.

Irvin Matlock had been reported missing at 6 a.m. Monday at the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department. Matlock and his partner were going to camp at the Blue Hole on the levee near Point Pleasant on Sunday night. When a thunderstorm began, they started to walk back to their home. After a brief argument, the two separated.

The partner was picked up and taken to her home Sunday evening; Matlock never returned. Early Monday morning, family members reported to authorities what had happened. Matlock was legally blind.

Monday afternoon, New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens called in extra help from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

According to Stevens, Matlock's body was found Monday evening and at 7:15 p.m. he was pronounced dead at the scene. He was found in a water-filled drainage ditch, and is believed to have drowned.

Pertinent address:

Portageville, Mo.

Map of pertinent addresses

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