West C Street death investigation, deceased is identified

Joplin News First

Deceased is Adam J. Wahtola, 30-year-old male, of Joplin. Next of kin has been notified.

UPDATE: Capt William Davis tells us the body was sent for autopsy Thursday afternoon. He noted that initial observation gave no indication that the death is suspicious or involves foul play. Deceased is Adam J. Wahtola, 30-year-old male, of Joplin. Next of kin has been notified.


ORIGINAL JOPLIN, Mo. — Neighbors tell us Joplin Police began gathering about 1:00 PM Wednesday around the 1100 block of West C street on private property.

Joplin Police Department Capt William Davis tell us an employee discovered a body in tall grass to the north of the roadway behind security fencing.

“About 1:00 PM this afternoon we received report of a suspicious person at Eagle Picher, officers responded, located an individual who was obviously deceased. Currently detectives are on the scene, processing the scene, trying to collect evidence, trying to determine cause of death, and trying to identify the individual at this time.”

Capt Davis goes on to say the cause of death is unknown, the age of the male is not known.

The deputy coroner arrived around 2:45 PM to claim the the body. Officers and detectives will remain on the scene for an unknown period of time afterwards.

We will have more information as this investigation develops from JPD detectives.

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