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Springfield attorney found dead after search

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A Springfield attorney was found dead yesterday after he went missing late last week.

John Hacker, who had practiced law in Springfield since 2005, went missing Nov. 15 from his family lake home north of Bolivar. His remains were found yesterday evening, according to a news release from Crista Hogan, executive director of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.

Polk County Sheriff Danny Morrison could not be reached immediately for comment by deadline. The Bolivar Herald-Free Press reports Hacker, 39, was found in Pomme de Terre Lake and that no foul play is suspected.

The media advisory indicates Hacker had depression in recent years, likely as a result of the chronic traumatic encephalopathy from multiple concussions he received when he previously played football. He was a three-sport athlete who grew up in Bolivar.

Hogan said via email Hacker worked as a general practice attorney. His Law Office of John D. Hacker LLC was created in 2011, according to Missouri secretary of state records. The release states Hacker in 2014 received the SMBA’s Equal Access to Justice Award for his work with indigent clients.

“In addition to his professional accomplishments, John was a loving husband and father and a great friend,” said Springfield attorney Jason Smith, who was a lifelong friend of Hacker, in the release. “I have never met another person with so many family members and friends that cared so much about him. We will miss him terribly.”

Hacker was a graduate of Missouri State University and Creighton University School of Law, according to the release.

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