Body found after standoff near Joplin still unidentified

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August 03, 2020 - 6:46 pm
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Newton County authorities say an autopsy did not determine the cause of death or the identity of a body discovered southwest of Joplin. 

The body was found Tuesday after deputies acting on a tip were shot at when they arrived to search the property. 

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A standoff ensued with Freddie Tilton, 47, who is facing a kidnapping charge in an unrelated incident in Neosho on July 19. Tilton eventually surrendered. No one was injured. 

Sheriff Chris Jennings said the remains will be sent to a lab in Topeka, Kansas, for further forensic examination. He says authorities believe they know the person's identity and are treating the case as a homicide.


 

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