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Victim in Audrain County death investigation identified

The sheriff's office said Wednesday morning that 19-year-old Antonio Jefferson, of Mexico, was found lying on County Road 913 after an incident. (Elizabeth Hoffman/KRCG 13)

The man said to be the victim in an Audrain County death investigation has been identified.

The sheriff's office said Wednesday morning that 19-year-old Antonio Jefferson, of Mexico, was found lying on County Road 913 after an incident.

A 911 call reported a car on fire and a man down in the roadway. 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.

EMS took Jefferson to SSM Audrain where he was pronounced dead. The Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office has begun an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

The sheriff’s office stated it has convened the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad to investigate the death, and roughly 30 investigators from 12 different agencies are following up on leads.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation has been asked to contact the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad at (573)473-5801 ext. 1504, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-392-TIPS.

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