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Audrain County teen's death possibly self-inflicted, investigation continues

The sheriff's office said 19-year-old Antonio Jefferson, of Mexico, was found lying on County Road 913 after a December 2017 incident. (File)

Investigators said a 19-year-old's death initially thought to be the result of a homicide may have been self-inflicted.

Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller reported Antonio Jefferson's death investigation remained open, due to the lack of solid evidence in supporting wounds from self-infliction.

A 911 call reported a car on fire and a man down on County Road 913 on December 12, 2017. When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, they found a passenger car had crashed into a tree, and saw Jefferson lying in the roadway with injuries not consistent with a car crash, a release from the sheriff's office stated.

A knife, later determined to be an exact match of the description of the knife Jefferson purchased 30 minutes prior, was lying near him in the roadway, Oller stated in a release. An autopsy revealed Jefferson died from blood loss due to wounds that were consistent with a sharp instrument. The knife was analyzed and found to only have Jefferson's DNA on it.

Anyone with any information has been asked to contact the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit at (573) 473-5801.

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