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29-year-old found dead in Jefferson Co. pond, cause of death ruled natural drowning

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says a family member found 29-year-old Shawn Miller dead in a pond Tuesday. (Photo courtesy: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE (9/22):

Authorities are have released the cause and manner of death of a man found in a pond Tuesday morning.

According to the Jefferson County Coroner, Shawn Miller,29, died as a result of drowning by natural death.

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office issued the following statement:

The reason why our investigators began this investigation as a homicide investigation is that we understand that the determination of a drowning as a cause of death for a body that is found in water is imperative in forensic investigation because becoming submerged in water may be a secondary rather than primary event. Our office is waiting on other relevant reports from the medical examiner. Until we obtain those reports and conclude our investigation, the investigation will remain on-going.

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ORIGINAL (9/19):

A homicide investigation is underway in Jefferson County after a man was found dead in a pond Tuesday morning.

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. tells KATV deputies were called to the scene at 10:50 a.m. when a family member found 29-year-old Shawn Miller's body in the pond off of Wheeler Chapel Rd.

Woods says there was concerning evidence at the scene, which is why they are investigating it as a homicide until it is ruled otherwise.

Miller's mother last heard from him Saturday night. Right now, authorities are working to determine exactly what happened in the case to hopefully bring the family closure.

"He was an outgoing person, comedian, liked to make people laugh, country...like to do yard work, fish, hunt...but most of all make everybody laugh," said Shequita Miller, the victim's sister.

"He would quit before he missed work, that ain't my brother, he missed work so I knew something was wrong," added his other sister, Sade Miller.

His sisters tell KATV, Miller left behind two 5-year-old twins.

The cause and manner of death will be determined by a medical examiner after an autopsy is complete.

The sheriff's office is calling out for anyone who knew of Miller's whereabouts between Saturday and Tuesday morning or who has information in his death to reach out to authorities, (870) 541-5496.


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