Update: Police Find O'Fallon Man Found Dead Under Bridge

O'Fallon Police are investigating the death of Kent Gerst, 24, O'Fallon, who was reported missing and later found on Sunday.

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 12:45 p.m. with more information.

An O'Fallon man was found dead under a bridge on Sunday night.

According to police, Kent Gerst, 24, O'Fallon, was reported missing in the 1300 block of Turtle Creek at 5:51 p.m. on Sunday after he did not return home on Saturday night.

said he was last seen on Saturday, Sept. 8 in the area of West Terra Lane and Peruque Crossing Court. Officers checked the area on Sunday and found Gerst dead, at 10:41 p.m., under the Peruque Creek Bridge.

According to police, the Medical Examiner’s Office responded and took custody of the victim, and police are continuing their investigation into the victim’s activities prior to being found.

Gerst's listed Wheaton, IL, as his hometown on his Facebook page. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Gerst was a  student who was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2006.

Friends are showing support for Gerst and his family on Facebook.

Karen September 11, 2012 at 01:24 AM
When I went to lunch today I saw the news crews at the location. All of us at work were so hoping it wasn't related to a death. So sad!!!
Carmen Sida September 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
A couple of times in recent weeks I have seen a young man hanging around the outer road in the vicinity of the memorial. I was starting to think he was homeless but he does not look like the same person on the face book page. He had shaggy hair and looked to be more 15-20. Maybe he knows what happened.
Jordan Lanham September 11, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Thanks Carmen. If you have information you think may be helpful, you can contact the police at: 636-240-3200
patty September 13, 2012 at 02:54 AM
we know what happened, i am a family member
Keepalowprofile October 31, 2012 at 01:30 AM
@Patty Sorry for you loss.


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