Body found near Brookland golf course identified

BROOKLAND (AP) - A body found in a ditch alongside U.S. 49-B near Brookland has been identified as a 41-year-old Brookland man.

Craighead County Sheriff's Investigator Gary Etter says the body is that of Michael Thomas Epley. Etter told reporters that Epley's body was found across from a golf course by motorists on Thursday.

Etter says foul play is not suspected and the body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

He says Epley was a disabled military veteran and that Epley's mother told investigators that her son had recently been to a hospital because of severe headaches.

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