The Bolivar Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol are investigating a man's death after his body was found in a field on South Boston Place, behind B&B Theaters' Bolivar Cinema 5, on Friday, July 2.

Lt. Roger Barron identified the man as 26-year-old Charles Zornes of Bolivar on Tuesday, July 6.  

According to Barron, officers responded to the area around 5:30 p.m. after a family member found Zornes’ body. Barron had initially said he was 25 years old.  

While he said Zornes had obvious injuries, Barron stopped short of calling the investigation a homicide investigation.

He said detectives will know more about the cause of death when an autopsy has been performed. Right now, it's scheduled for this week, Barron said.  

"We treat all death investigations like they're homicides until they're not," Lt. Zach Palmer said.

Barron said "to be on the safe side," the department is working with Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control, "just because homicides are not a big thing here, and we want someone to make sure we're doing the right stuff."

There is no apparent threat to the community at this time, Barron said. 

Officers cleared the scene, centered primarily around a tree in the field, by around 9 p.m. Friday evening.

The investigation is ongoing, Palmer said. 

 

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