JOPLIN, Mo. — About 5:30 p.m. Friday reports of a body in the water at Shoal Creek alerted Redings Mill Fire Protection District and Joplin Fire Department.
Spotted in the water by kayakers just west of the historic low water walking bridge alongside McIndoe Park.
Joplin Police Detectives arrived beginning investigation.
The body was near the middle of the creek, about 30-40 feet, and caught on some debris.
The body was removed from the water around 6:45 p.m. by boat. Then transported west, downstream, to the McIndoe Park Boat Ramp.
THE RED MARKER DENOTES THE AREA WHERE BODY WAS LOCATED. BETWEEN LOW WATER BRIDGE AND THE BOAT RAMP. USE FINGERS TO PAN AND/OR ZOOM.
Sgt. Ketrina Jones tells us it is an adult. Additionally police believe they know the identity of the deceased. Next of kin has not been notified.
Newton County Coroner Dale Owen claimed the body at the boat ramp. Sgt. Jones tells us it will be the discretion of the coroner if an autopsy will be done to determine cause of death.
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