The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

March 13, 2014

UPDATE: Police release name of murder victim; autopsy scheduled

JOPLIN, Mo. — UPDATED 5:30 p.m. March 13

Police have identified the man murdered in his apartment at the Housing Authority of Joplin complex as Jerry D. Loflin.

A close friend discovered the 65-year-old Loflin's body shortly before 10 a.m. today inside Apartment B at 1832 W. 24th St. Loflin reportedly had lived there a year or more.

Investigators have confirmed that Loflin was murdered but have declined to say how.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed Friday morning at Frontier Forensics in Kansas City, Kan., according to Jasper County Coroner Rob Chappel.

 

Joplin police now say a man found deceased inside his apartment this morning was murdered.

"We've activated the Tri-State Major Case Squad," Lt. Brian Lewis told the Globe. "We are working this as a homicide."

He said the victim's name was still being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Police have said the man, who is in his 60s, was discovered deceased inside Apartment B at 1832 W. 24th St. shortly before 10 a.m.

Neighbors say the man was a friendly and well-liked resident of the Housing Authority of Joplin's Bartlett Hills complex. He reportedly used a walker, wheelchair and scooter to get around and had a care provider who regularly assisted him.

Police have yet to release any details as to the cause of death.

 

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