Mother of deceased Jefferson City hiker claims police cover-up
COLUMBIA - Reports from Siberia Thursday said the mother of a once missing Jefferson City man, Colin Madsen, accused local police of "ineptitude", "misinformation" and "cover-up" over the death of her son.
Madsen's body was found Monday morning, just two kilometers from where he went missing 8 days earlier in remote southern Siberia.
The Siberian Times cited a Facebook post from Madsen's mother, in which she said she believes the local police were not doing their job.
The post said, in part, "I think they are trying to cover up the ineptitude that occurred here before we came and the pressure to find him was accelerated."
Madsen went missing March 27 while on a trip with friends to climb a mountain at a popular tourist destination. Madsen's friends said he went on a walk at 3 a.m by himself, and never returned. They said it was not unlike Madsen to venture out on his own.
"On the one hand, it seems kind of like him, for him to just leave like that, but I don't know, just a lot of things are off," friend Lucas Fagre said.
A murder investigation was opened into Madsen's disappearance Friday after authorities said "several established facts" suggested a crime may have been committed against Madsen.
In the Facebook post cited by The Siberian Times, Madsen's mother said she the murder investigation is still open, and although she hates the idea he could have been murdered she said "it is likely."
"He would have never walked to a place in the pitch dark with his shoes unlaced, no socks, and when he was leaving for a climb in just a few hours that he was so excited about," the post said.
In the post she also said there was a lot of misleading information out about Madsen's disappearance. She said the "misinformation" makes him appear foolish, and is very hurtful to his family.
[Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that Madsen is no longer missing, but was found dead earlier this week. The headline to this story has also been updated to reflect that change.]