Coroner identifies body found in woods as man missing since Sept - FOX Carolina 21

Coroner identifies body found in woods as man missing since September

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GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said a death investigation is underway after a body was found hanging in the woods Tuesday morning.

A passerby made the grim discovery around 8:15 a.m. near the intersection of Indian Hill and Leadmine Streets.

“The male subject appears to have been dead for months.  He was hanging from a tree limb by a small cloth rope that had been attached to his neck,” Fowler stated in an e-mail.

Fowler identified the man as 44-year-old Jon Mark Lyons, 44, of Gaffney. Lyons was reported missing by his fiance on Sep. 3, Fowler said. 

The coroner said Lyons was identified through body tattoos, clothing and personal items. No foul play is suspected in his death, which the coroner said was self-inflicted.

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