Haukereid's Silver Alert deactivated after Clay Co. finding

Andrew Haukereid Jr. (Source: Greg Haukereid)
Andrew Haukereid Jr. (Source: Greg Haukereid)

KNOBEL, AR (KAIT) – The Silver Alert for Andrew Haukereid was deactivated by AmTrak Police.

Clay County Sheriff Gerald McClung said the decomposing body found north of Knobel Saturday night is that of the missing Texas father.

McClung said a wallet, and several credit cards matched Andrew Haukereid's name, and the clothing on the body matched what Haukereid was last seen wearing. In addition, he said the body also had a gold tooth, and Haukereid was reported to have a gold tooth.

The body was spotted by crew members aboard the Union Pacific Train as it was headed northbound Saturday evening.

The body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office to confirm a cause of death.

Haukereid was last seen on a train bound for Chicago on May 19. He was supposed to be celebrating his 80th birthday on June 2 with his family, but never made it to his birthday party.

A Silver Alert was issued by Arkansas State Police and the Amtrak Railroad Police on May 29.

Haukereid was supposed to take the Texas Eagle train for a 30-hour ride from San Antonio, Texas, to Chicago. Amtrak police say his bags made it to Chicago, but he never did.

Haukereid's sons, Greg and Scott Haukereid, traveled to stations from St. Louis to Little Rock in search of their father since May.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story with the latest details as they become available.

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