Howard County Investigating Homicide Outside of Harrisburg

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HOWARD COUNTY - The Howard County Sheriff's Department is investigating a homicide Wednesday, near Harrisburg. Deputies said 39-year-old Jonathan Spurling was found dead by his parents at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators said they found Spurling with two gunshot wounds. One gunshot wound was in his head and the other in the torso. They said there was no evidence of a forced entry and no stolen or broken property. The sheriff's department said his father was the last to see him around 1:30 Monday afternoon. 

Spurling's parents went to check on him after they received a phone call about him not showing up for work. They then reportedly found him dead, just inside the entry way of his home Tuesday night.

A long time friend of Spurling, Tim Phelen, said he was a great individual, lived alone, and was in the process of remodeling his home.

The Central Missouri Major Case Squad and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is aiding the Howard County Sheriff's Department in the ongoing investigation. The Howard County Sheriff's Department said it has some leads and tips that it is following.

Anyone with information about Jonathan Spurling is asked to call the Howard County Sheriff's Office at 660-248-2477.

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