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After original confusion, Southside body identified

Police now say it was 50-year-old Lonza Eugene Distafino Cunningham who was found dead inside a Southside St. Joseph shed Sunday night.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2018 8:29 PM
Updated: Dec. 5, 2018 8:48 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)   After some original confusion about the identity of a body found over the weekend, St. Joseph police have released the correct name of the victim.

The body of Lonza Eugene Distafino Cunningham, 50, was found dead inside a shed Sunday night in Southside St. Joseph.

Police had originally released the name of a different family member, but came out with a correction Wednesday evening.

Cunningham's body was found inside a shed with a gas generator running and police suspect the death was due to carbon monoxide exposure.

They say they will wait for a toxicology report before releasing any more information.

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