The body of a 48-year-old man believed to be from Fulton, Mo., was found Wednesday morning in rural northeast Johnson County, Mo.
The man’s body was found about 5:15 a.m. close to the Dunksburg Bridge along Northeast 1075th Road, near the Ralph and Martha Perry Memorial State Wildlife Area.
A Lafayette County sheriff’s deputy was sent to the area to investigate a report of a man lying in the road. The deputy found the body and determined it was in Johnson County, according to authorities.
The man appeared to have been shot to death.
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With the help of the Missouri Highway Patrol’s accident investigation team, the Johnson County sheriff’s department conducted the initial crime scene investigation.
Sheriff Scott Munsterman then activated the Missouri Rural Major Case Squad, which took over the investigation at 9 a.m. Thursday.
The man’s identity has not been released.
Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call the Rural Major Case Squad at 660-238-0902.
The Rural Major Case Squad is a task force made up of law enforcement officers from Lafayette, Johnson, Ray, Saline, Carroll, Pettis, Benton and Henry counties, as well as municipalities in those counties. The squad, founded in 1971, has investigated nearly 100 murders.