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UPDATE: Body Found In Deep Freeze

A body found in a deep freezer!

Joplin Police spent Monday afternoon canvassing the neighborhood to further investigate where an arson took place at 2605 S. New Hampshire last week, but got more than they bargained for when they received information that there was a dead body in the home directly behind the burned up house at 2602 S. Vermont. The backyards of the two properties back-up to one another, but police are not saying there is any connection at this time to the arson house.

Joplin Police executed a search warrant at the house Tuesday, discovering a deceased adult male inside the freezer.

News Talk KZRG asked Capt. Nick Jimenez about the details of the case, and he could not comment on the amount of time the body was in the freezer, the connection the body had to the home, or the race, age, or identity of the body.

At this time police are not even classifying it as a murder- only a death investigation.

An autopsy is being conducted. The victim’s name is not being released until next of kin is notified. If you have any information, please contact Joplin Police at 417-623-3131.


Here’s the official press release:

On November 11th, 2019 Joplin Police Department investigators were conducting a neighborhood canvass in reference to an arson investigation that took place at 2605 S. New Hampshire Ave. During the neighborhood canvass information was developed on an unrelated case. Information was brought forward that a deceased person was inside the residence of 2602 S. Vermont Ave. Multiple follow ups by investigations were conducted on November 12th, 2019 by Joplin Police investigators. A search warrant for 2602 S. Vermont Ave was executed by the Joplin Police Department on November 12th, 2019. The search located a deceased adult male in a freezer inside the residence. The investigation is on-going. An autopsy is being scheduled for the deceased male. Identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin and positive identification of the body. If you have any information or tips about this investigation you are asked to contact Sgt. Wolf at 417-623-3131 x881 or


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