Autopsy determines ID of body found in Ava

AVA, Mo. - An autopsy in Springfield last Friday determined that a body found near a creek belonged to Roger Steward, 56, of Ava. Someone found the body off NW 3rd Street on the afternoon of July 3.

The sheriff's department said last week that the man's death did not appear to be suspicious. It said the man died some time ago.

The identification was made through tattoos, scars, and fingerprints. A cause of death is not determined but toxicology tests that could provide some more information likely will take several weeks to perform.