The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

August 13, 2012

Victim identified in Lawrence County homicide

From The Associated Press

PIERCE CITY, Mo. — The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether the body of a man discovered along a rural road is connected to a home where officers found a large amount of blood.

The sheriff’s office says Able Ibarra, 45, of Purdy, was found Sunday evening along a rural road near Pierce City.

On Saturday, officers went to a home a few miles from where the body was found after receiving a report of possible gunshots. No one was at the home when officers arrived but they found a large amount of blood and evidence that several people had been there.

The sheriff’s office says the two calls are likely related and the discovery of the body is being treated as a homicide. An autopsy has been ordered in the case.