The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 21, 2011

McDonald County authorities probe death of Arkansas man

POWELL, Mo. — The McDonald County Sheriff’s Department has identified a man who was found dead along a rural county road over the weekend, but additional information about the investigation was still scarce on Monday.

The body of Jack McCain, 67, of Rogers, Ark., was found by a passer-by about 4 p.m. Sunday at the edge of Gobbler’s Knob Road near Powell, said Sheriff Robert Evenson.

The sheriff has labeled the death a homicide, but he was releasing little information Monday.

McCain’s body was taken to Springfield for an autopsy, which was scheduled for Monday afternoon. Evenson said he did not know how soon preliminary results could be available.

Evenson said there was evidence at the scene that suggested a homicide, but he declined to elaborate on the nature of that evidence or on the manner of death, citing his department’s ongoing investigation and pending autopsy results.

“Until we get a little more into the investigation, that’s one of the things that we’ll probably hold back until we have a chance to talk to the people we want to talk to,” he said.

It was unclear Monday what McCain was doing in McDonald County. Rogers is in Benton County, about 25 miles south of Powell.

“That’s what we’re working on (investigating) today,” Evenson said.

Sheriff’s deputies and investigators from the Missouri State Highway Patrol have been following up on leads since the body was discovered, Evenson said.

They have been assisted by the Benton County Sheriff’s Department, the Rogers Police Department and the Arkansas State Police, according to a release issued Monday morning by Evenson.

 

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