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Sheriff: Body that of escapee from Oklahoma halfway house

Newton County authorities said a man whose body was found near Joplin this week had walked away from a halfway house in Oklahoma. (File)

Newton County authorities said a man whose body was found near Joplin this week had walked away from a halfway house in Oklahoma.

Sheriff Chris Jennings said the body found Tuesday south of Joplin was 57-year-old Lanny Leon Holman, of Rocky, Oklahoma.

Jennings said a warrant was issued for Holman's arrest in January after he left the halfway house.

Authorities have not said how Holman died. But authorities said he had several bruises and appeared to have been beaten.

Investigators believed Holman was killed elsewhere and his body dumped along the road.

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