UPDATE: Franklin County man identified in death scene investigation along I-40

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The deceased body of a man found Thursday afternoon, Dec. 12, near Mayflower, has been identified as Mark Anthony Teas, 41, of Ozark, according to a release from the Arkansas State Police.

The manner and cause of death is still uncertain as special agents of the ASP Criminal Investigation Division continue their probe of the events leading up to the death.

A property owner walking along a fence line short distance off Interstate 40 at the 137 mile marker (eastbound), discovered the body and contacted local police. Authorities later contacted the Arkansas State Police requesting special agents to lead the investigation.

Teas’ remains were found near the same area that Mayflower police officers stopped a truck late Wednesday night, Dec. 11. The driver of the truck fled on foot from police, leaving behind a passenger who was taken into custody by local officers. The truck was later determined to have been stolen from owners in Ozark.

State police special agents believe that Teas may have been the driver of the truck, the release notes. The investigation is continuing.

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