Body discovered in vehicle in Washington Court House

Last updated: July 02. 2014 12:14PM - 2303 Views
By RYAN CARTER and PAUL HANNAH rcarter@civitasmedia.com phannah@civitasmedia.com

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Megan Jones, 20, of West Union, disappeared the night of Thursday, June 26, and was found in Washington Courthouse on Sunday, June 29.

Sources indicate that Jones left work at 11 p.m. in Hillsboro on Thursday, and texted a family member that she would be home early, because she had to work early the next day. She never arrived. The client she was supposed to work with the next morning called because she didn’t show up for work. Jones was reported as missing to the Adams County Sheriff’s office the following Sunday afternoon.

Jones’ body was located Sunday evening inside of a 2006 Kia in the 1100 block of East Temple Street in Washington Court House. She was found lying in the backseat of the vehicle with some of her personal effects, including a purse and car keys. A resident of a nearby home discovered the body at around 6 p.m. and contacted authorities.

It is believed that her body had been inside of the vehicle for at least two days before it was found. There was a delay in making an official identification of the body due to decomposition from the extreme heat inside the vehicle. According to the Washington Court House Police Department, fingerprints were used Monday to make a positive identification.

The body was sent to the Montgomery County Coroner for an autopsy. The cause of death isn’t expected to be determined for another six to eight weeks, said Fayette County Coroner Dr. Dennis Mesker. There were no obvious signs of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma, authorities said.

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