AVA – A death investigation is underway in Jackson County.
According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, around 10 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to a report about someone who had died at a home on Roseme Road just outside of Ava.
The body of 41-year-old Ryan Jones was found outside his home by a family member after Jones did not show up for work.
A preliminary investigation revealed Jones was dropped off at his home by a friend the night before. It appeared Jones encountered some difficulties gaining access to his home after his ride left. The temperatures during the night and early morning were dangerously low with wind chills reaching minus 10 degrees.
Officials say it is suspected that Jones succumbed to the elements ultimately leading to his death. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office does not suspect any foul play in Jones’ death.