Body discovered, now identified; Police say no signs of foul play

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Joplin Police determine after the autopsy on Friday that no signs of foul play were involved in the 29-year-old man's death

UPDATE FROM JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT AFTER THE AUTOPSY

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin Police announce they believe the 29-year-old man’s death is not due to foul play. He has been identified as Jackson Elwise of Joplin.

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

JOPLIN, Mo. — Sgt Andy Blair of the Joplin Police Department Friday morning state in a media release that an autopsy has been scheduled for noon in Springfield at Cox Medical Center South.

Sgt Blair also tells us that a Joplin Police Detective is in Springfield. That is typical protocol to have someone from JPD present as new information is obtained.

The name is still being withheld until next of kin notification has been made.

ORIGINAL STORY; THURSDAY AFTERNOON

JOPLIN, Mo. — Capt Nick Jimenez of the Joplin Police Department told us Thursday afternoon they were conducting a death investigation after a body was discovered.

Police responded to a call regarding an unresponsive person near East 8th and South St Louis around 1:15 PM.

It was quickly determined the person was deceased.

Detectives and investigators were visible combing the property, 700 bk S St Louis, Thursday afternoon. According to county records the property is owned by 360° Auto Sales.

Shortly after 2:00 PM the body was removed. Crime scene tape remained until about 4:15 PM.

We asked Capt Jimenez if foul play was suspected and he said, “It’s too early to tell.”  Joplin Police declined to release further information including name, age or gender.

Detectives approach area where body was discovered Thursday afternoon.

If you have any information you are encouraged to call the JPD non-emergency number 417-623-3131. Ask for the officer supervisor on duty, officers are available 24 hours a day.

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