On Monday, July 11, at the request of Barton County Sheriff Mitchell Shaw, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Barton County Deputies, responded to a rural area approximately three miles southeast of Lamar to a report of a body located in a farm pond.

Current information is the body is of an unidentified infant female.

The Southwest Missouri Major Case Squad has been activated to assist in the investigation and an autopsy was to be conducted Tuesday in an attempt to identify the individual and determine a cause of death.

The investigation is ongoing by the Barton County Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Southwest Missouri Major Case Squad. No additional details are available at this time.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call the Barton County Sheriff’s Department at 417/682-5541 or 417/682-5515.

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