Authorities identify body found in Columbia creek

4 years 6 months 2 days ago Sunday, April 12 2015 Apr 12, 2015 Sunday, April 12, 2015 5:21:00 PM CDT April 12, 2015 in News
By: Steven Anthony, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sheriff's Department has identified the man authorities found dead in a Columbia creek Sunday. Detective Tom O'Sullivan said Monday an autopsy was scheduled and the deceased is Gary Skaggs, Sr. of Blackfoot Road.

Columbia Police and the Boone County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to Bear Creek at Blackfoot Road Sunday after reports of a body found in the creek. 

Boone County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Michael Perkins told KOMU 8 News a group of kids were playing by the road and the creek, so somebody called for an officer to check on their safety. 

Upon the deputies' arrival, Perkins said one of the kids discovered the body in the creek. 

Perkins said there were no indications of foul play and the body recovered was that of 48-year-old Skaggs, Sr. Authorities previously said Skaggs was 47.

Perkins said early indications are that the man drowned, but stressed that is the early indication. 

[This story has been updated to clarify the source of information and has been updated with the latest information available. The headline to this story has also been updated.]

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