Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery has confirmed that his office is investigating the circumstances behind a mans body that was found in the Ozark National Forest in the extreme southern corner of the county about 10 miles North of Ash Flat.

Montgomery says that a tree cutter found the body shortly after noon today. He would not say whether it was a homicide. Montgomery says that his office is currently working on a press release.




Update 4:50 p.m.:


Sheriff Montgomery says it appears that Troy Alan Gessner, 45 years of age, from Mountain Home, Arkansas committed suicide by manipulating his exhaust system.


Gessner had been reported missing to the Mountain Home Police Department on Friday evening, January 29th.
Full press release:
At approximately 12:10 PM on February 1st, the Baxter County Sheriff's Office received notification from the Mountain Home Police Department that Tree Cutter from the Forestry Service had found the body of a man in the Ozark National Forest in Southern Baxter County.

Baxter County Deputies and Investigators responded to the area, which is known as "Jeep Trail", a Forest Service Road that intersects with Push Mountain Road. U. S. Forest Service Officers also responded to the location. In addition, the Sheriff's Office launched its helicopter to assist with the investigation.

On arrival at the location, officers found a vehicle at the end of the roadway. The vehicle was occupied by one male, who was deceased. This man was identified as Troy Alan Gessner, 45 years of age, from Mountain Home, Arkansas. The preliminary investigation indicated that Gessner died by way of intentional carbon monoxide poisoning from the vehicle's exhaust system.

Gessner had been reported missing to the Mountain Home Police Department on Friday evening, January 29th. Gessner's body was removed by the Baxter County Coroner's Office.

The body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. No found play indicated.

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