Poplar Bluff P.D. identify body found near school

Poplar Bluff P.D. identify body found near school

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - Police in southeast Missouri have identified the body of a man found behind the Poplar Bluff Junior High School.

According to Captain David Sutton, Justin R. Allen, of Arlington, Texas, was found by a school employee in a patch of woods in between the school and the forestry office on Monday.

An autopsy revealed no signs of struggle or violence. Sutton said x-rays determined there were no broken bones. The results of the autopsy were inconclusive, and the cause of Allen's death could not be determined, but foul play is not suspected.

Police Chief Danny Whiteley told Region 8 News that the employee found the body at 3:30 Monday afternoon. That employee then notified the school's resource officer, who then notified the city's police department.

Captain Sutton said he believes Allen's body had been at the location for at least a few weeks. Several people reported seeing Allen camping in the area for some time, and at times was described as confused or disoreinted.

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