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Body of man found in woods identified

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Poplar Bluff police are investigating after a body was found behind the Poplar Bluff Junior High School on Monday. Poplar Bluff police are investigating after a body was found behind the Poplar Bluff Junior High School on Monday.
An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 12 in Farmington, Mo. An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 12 in Farmington, Mo.
According to Poplar Bluff schools, students and parents don't need to be worried. According to Poplar Bluff schools, students and parents don't need to be worried.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

Butler County Coroner Jim Akers confirmed the body of a man found in the woods on Monday has been identified.

Poplar Bluff police say Justin R. Allen of Arlington, Texas had apparently been camped in the area for some time, as several people reported seeing him near the area where his body was found. Some of these witnesses described Allen as unusually thin; and said he seemed confused or disoriented.

According to police, examination of the scene and Allen's body revealed no sign of struggle or violence. They say x-rays determined that there were no broken bones.

Results of the autopsy were inconclusive, police said, and the cause and manner of death could not be determined.

At this time, police say there is no evidence to suggest any criminal activity or third-party involvement in Allen's death.

Allen was believed to have traveled to the area via train.

Poplar Bluff police investigated after the body was found behind the Poplar Bluff Junior High School on Monday.

Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley said a district employee found Allen's body around 3:30 p.m. on Monday behind the Poplar Bluff Junior High and the forest service building in a little patch of woods just north of the junior high near Hwy. 67.

Whitely said the body was severely decomposed.

According to Poplar Bluff schools, students and parents don't need to be worried. They say the body wasn't actually found on campus, so they say there's not a concern as kids head back to school on Thursday, Aug. 14.

Chris Hon, superintendent of Poplar Bluff Schools released the following statement:

"We have the utmost faith in the Poplar Bluff Police Department and we're confident that campus activity will resume as normal tomorrow as we prepare for a new school year."

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