Report: Body found in shallow grave identified as man who disappeared a week ago

Published 5:06 pm Thursday, August 8, 2019

Investigators reportedly have identified the body found buried in a shallow grave in Lawrence County.

Lawrence County Sheriff Lessie Butler told WLBT-TV that the body found Wednesday was a 27-year-old Jackson man who had been missing since July 31.

Butler said the body of Jonathan Nevell Jackson indicated he died of a gunshot wound to the head.

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The location in which the body was buried was discovered by the land owner who noticed an area that had been freshly dug and that resembled a grave. The landowner called the sheriff’s office which upon investigation discovered the body.

The body was sent to the State Crime Lab for identification.