Sheriff's Office

The badly decomposed body found in a field in Gerald Thursday, July 30, has been identified as Jacob N. Spaunhorst, 27, Gerald.

Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton said there was nothing suspicious located at the scene to indicate a cause of death at this time.

The investigation is still active and further information will be released as it becomes available.

Pelton said Spaunhorst was found in a field in the 700 block of DaniMac Lane off County Line Road at 2:12 p.m.

As deputies and detectives arrived on scene last Thursday, they found a vehicle that had been stuck in the field and Spaunhorst lying a short distance from the vehicle. 

Due to the decomposition, the body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office to assist in the identification, and further death investigation.