Remains found last month identified as missing Joplin man
JOPLIN (AP) - Remains found in southwest Missouri last month were identified as those of a Joplin man who was reported missing in September.
The Joplin Globe reported investigators considered the cause of 45-year-old Jonny Slater's death as suspicious. His remains were discovered June 3 near Carterville, eight miles northeast of Joplin.
Jasper County sheriff's spokesman Capt. Derek Walrod said medical records were used to make a tentative identification of the remains. The bones were sent to a forensic laboratory in Texas for DNA verification.
A surveyor made the discovery in a brushy, wooded area on private property to which Walrod said Slater has no known connections.
Slater's friends told police when they reported him missing on Sept. 4 that they had not heard from him for a week.