Missing Washington County man located safe

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THE SPRINGFIELD SUN — A Springfield man who went missing Saturday afternoon was located and bought home safely Monday morning.

Dakota Stover, 22, a man with autism who went missing from his Mayes Creek Road home around 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon was located safely and reunited with his mother at the Willisburg Fire Department.

Willisburg Fire Chief Jesse Carney said Stover was located safely not too far from North Washington School in Willisburg.

“He was hungry and he was ready to go,” Carney said. “We brought him to the firehouse and my wife brought him a sausage.”

It was the best possible outcome, Carney said; adding he was grateful Stover was located safely.

“Anytime you’ve got someone missing, you’re always glad to find them safe and sound,” Carney added.   


A 22-year-old Washington County man who has autism has been missing since Saturday afternoon.

Dakota "Kody" Stover left his home on Mayes Creek Road around 5 p.m. Saturday, according to the Springfield Sun. According to the man's family, Kody left the home without money, food or water and has not been heard from. He was last seen wearing jeans, a T-Shirt with cartoon characters, tan military-style boots and could be carrying a black messenger bag.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (859) 336-5400, Springfield Police Department at (859) 336-5450, or Kody’s mother at (937) 654-1246.

Family members posted on Facebook Monday morning that they would be organizing search parties.