The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 25, 2013

Body in woods near Neosho deemed suicide


From staff reports

NEOSHO, Mo. — The Newton County coroner is ruling the death of an Anderson man, whose body was discovered inside a vehicle parked in some woods in Neosho, a suicide.

Coroner Mark Bridges said Charles D. Clawson, 45, died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Clawson’s body was found Sunday afternoon inside a snow-covered Chevrolet TrailBlazer about a half-mile down a dirt trail through some woods in the 900 block of Malcolm Mosby Drive, according to the Neosho Police Department. The coroner said a hose connected to the exhaust pipe was run to a window of the vehicle.

Clawson had been reported missing by a family member in McDonald County several days previously. Authorities were uncertain how long he had been deceased prior to discovery of the body.