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Body identified as that of missing man

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GREENFIELD — An autopsy Saturday on a body found in a Hancock County creek bed confirmed what authorities suspected: The body was that of Jody Scroggins, 56, who disappeared from his home last week.

A cause of death was not determined, said Capt. Jeff Rasche, a detective with the Hancock County Sheriff's Department. The autopsy showed no evidence of foul play, Rasche said in a news release. He added that toxicology reports are pending.

The body was found Thursday in a wooded area after workers in the area noticed a strong odor. The location is in the 3100 block of West U.S. 40, not far from where Scroggins was last seen.

Scroggins spoke with his mother the night of June 23 to confirm a doctor’s appointment the following morning. However, when relatives arrived to pick Scroggins up at 8:30 a.m. June 24, the door to his trailer was open, the lights were on and most of his possessions, including some of his medications, were inside.

Officers had searched the area where the body was found shortly after Scroggins disappeared, but police said Thursday the area was under water after a heavy rain.


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