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Body in Henry County identified

The body discovered in a river in Henry County, Mo., on Wednesday evening has been identified as a rural Kingsville, Mo., man who died of a gunshot wound.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Department said the body of 29-year-old Justin Michael Emmerton was discovered by a fisherman in the Grand River between Urich and Hartwell.

The Missouri Highway Patrol made the identification Thursday through a fingerprint match. The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s office determined Friday that Emmerton was killed by a gunshot wound.

The Rural Missouri Major Case Squad is working the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 660-885-7315.

Emmerton was the second resident of Kingsville, population about 274, to be found dead this week. Brian VanMeter, 18, drowned in a boating accident Sunday in Big Creek in Johnson County, Mo. Henry County is south of Johnson County and southeast of Cass County.

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