Body of missing McDonough Co. ATV rider found in ditch

The body of a McDonough County, Illinois man was found Tuesday, July 22 after he was reported missing on the same day.

Clark D. Knutson, 43, had not been seen since July 19.

McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker reports that Knutson's 4-wheel ATV was found northwest of county road intersection 350 north 950th.

That's when the sheriff says a motorist searching for Knutson discovered his body in a deep ditch near the intersection.

Sheriff VanBrooker believes Knutson fell into the ditch that had sharp rocks at the bottom.

No foul play was suspected, however, an autopsy was conducted. Sheriff VanBrooker confirmed that the cause of death was drowning.