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Callaway County sheriff confirms body found near Little Dixie Lake was of missing man

The Callaway County Sheriff's Office was investigating a death Tuesday evening. (File)

The Callaway County Sheriff's Department said an autopsy will be conducted Wednesday after the body of Jerry Kinman was found in thick brush away from any path or trail on the 700 acres of land at the Little Dixie Conservation Area. The sheriff's department also confirmed no foul play was suspected in the death.

The Callaway County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday evening a search volunteer had located Kinman's body.

Search crews had been working since Saturday after Kinman had been reported missing near Millersburg. Deputies said Kinman called his wife Friday night to say he had fallen, but there has been no contact since then.

Chism said along with his department, efforts to locate Kinman were being made by the Missouri Department of Conservation, a federally-accredited search team, and numerous community members and friends who are searching on foot and with the aid of ATVs, horses, and drones.

"It's a tough day for the Millersburg community," Chism said. "Mr. Kinman hadn't been there that long, but you couldn't hardly find anyone at the local convenience store that didn't know him or know of him. He had really left a mark on this community just in the short time that he'd lived here and that was very evident."

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest information, including the scheduling of the Wednesday autopsy and the fact authorities did not suspect foul play.


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