|Jeffrey Pinegar has been missing since he allegedly robbed Family Pharmacy in April|
-Authorities in Christian County have opened a suspicious death investigation after human remains were found by someone walking on a heavily wooded trail behind Clever High School Monday evening (08-22-11.) Students started school in Clever on August 17th.
Investigators believe the remains, that appear to be those of a man based on clothing and identification found with the remains, may have been there for about four to five months based on decomposition.
|Investigators at scene near where remains were found (courtesy KOLR)|
Sheriff Joey Kyle says his office is assisting Clever PD and the Highway Patrol in the investigation and currently does not have any active missing person investigations that match the remains.
There is speculation that the body could be that of Jeffrey A. Pinegar, 47. Pinegar was charged with robbing Family Pharmacy, that was housed in a trailer adjacent to Murfin's Market, in April of this year. Authorities say Pinegar stole 510 pills that included Oxycontin, Hydromorphine and Alprazolam.
The high school sits across the street from Murfin's Market and Pinegar has not been seen since the robbery.
Sheriff Kyle says, "There's the potential that it could be him. I'm not going to confirm it or deny it."
Southwest Missouri Forensics will conduct an autopsy on the remains tomorrow in Springfield to possibly determine a cause of death. It will take DNA and dental records to make a positive ID.
Authorities confirmed today that the body found was indeed Jeff Pinegar. It will take toxicology reports to reveal the cause of Pinegar's death.