Two bodies were discovered within about an hour in the Neosho area Friday morning.
Mike Nine, 56, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Meanwhile, the body of Shawn A. Lopp, 34, was discovered along Hickory Creek in Morse Park North.
“A fisherman stumbled upon it about 10 a.m.,” reported Lt. Jason Baird of the Neosho Police Department. “There are no signs of foul play.”
Baird said the body of Lopp, 34, who moved to Neosho in recent years from New Albany, Ind., was found along the creek near the 900 block of N. College St., behind where the old white Bud Combs house used to be.
He said the case remains open until a report from the coroner’s office can be obtained.
“We’re still running toxicology and stuff like that,” said Baird, who implied it could take several weeks before toxicology results are available.
The body has been taken to Clark Funeral Home.
Nine’s body was discovered at about 9 a.m. Friday in the Crowder Conservation Area off of Owl Road near the shooting range.
“It’s a pretty straight-forth deal,” said Capt. Richard Leavens, Newton County Sheriff’s Department. “It was a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest.”
Leavens said Nine, of Neosho, used a .357 caliber handgun.
“There’s no foul play expected at this one; it was pretty straight forward, the guy left a note. They’re dotting the Is and crossing their Ts, but at this stage of the game there is nothing that looks out of line.”