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Authorities in Taney County have launched a death investigation after a man who has been missing since Christmas was found dead this morning north of Forsyth.
Sheriff Jimmie Russell says Donald Wayne Burton, 29, of Forsyth was found on the floor of a garage next to an abandoned trailer on Julie Lane in the Venice on the Lake area. Burton's parents reported him missing on December 28th.
When asked last week if authorities were familiar with Burton, Russell replied, "We have dealt with him in the past." When asked if the disappearance could be drug related Russell replied, "All I'm gonna tell you is he's a missing person."
Russell said he didn't alert the media because he didn't want to hinder the investigation.
Southwest Missouri Forensics will conduct an autopsy on Burton in Springfield on Tuesday.
Russell will not comment on whether foul play is suspected in Burton's death. In a news release he says he will release more information after reviewing autopsy results.
Preliminary autopsy results indicate that Burton died from a brain aneurysm. It will take several weeks for toxicology reports to come back.