ST. CLAIR COUNTY • A 53-year-old Millstadt woman who has been missing since Thursday was found dead Sunday just as a group of volunteers was forming to search for her, according to the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department.
A family member found Tracey Matthews Anticouni dead in wooded area near her home in the 2700 block of Mullins Road at about 1:15 p.m., said St. Clair County Investigator Scott Toth.
"There were no signs of foul play and the coroner's office will conduct toxicology testing," Toth said, adding that there were no outward signs of trauma to Anticouni's body.
She left her home Thursday without her purse or any form of identification, according to her husband, Anthony Anticouni's, Facebook page. Toth said she left behind a note before disappearing, but he can't disclose the contents of the note until the investigation is done.
Volunteers from the 911 St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency were gathering at her home when family members discovered her body, said EMA Director Herb Simmons.
In his Dec. 30 Facebook post, Anthony Anticouni wrote, "My beautiful wife went missing yesterday… She suffers from severe PTSD and has not been of sound mind for a few days.
On Dec. 27, Tracey Anticouni updated her Facebook profile picture with the words, "Hope Defeats Suicide," under her portrait along with an illustration of military dog tags with the abbreviation T.A.P.S., which stands for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. The group is a national nonprofit providing services to those who have lost a loved one on active duty with the Armed Forces, according to its website.