CLEVER, Mo. -- An autopsy identified human remains found near Clever High School on Monday. The Christian County coroner says the remains belonged to Jeffrey "Jeff" Pinegar, 48. Someone walking on a trail found the remains on Monday evening.
The coroner says Pinegar's remains may have been there for several months. Detectives found some identification at the scene. Forensics tests showed a positive match to Pinegar. His cause of death is not known, but analysis of tissue samples could give some clues.
Sheriff Joey Kyle says the body was identified by dental history and records. Pinegar was charged for a robbery at the Family Pharmacy in Clever last April 11, but no one reported seeing him since he was charged on April 12. Kyle said detectives don't know if Pinegar's death is related to the robbery.
Pinegar also was charged in Christian County in July with passing a bad check last November. He was charged last January and February in Webster County with six counts of passing bad checks last October and November. He previously served time in jail, prison and substance abuse centers for crimes in Webster, Greene and Christian counties for forgery, passing bad checks, burglary and other crimes.