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Human remains found near Clever High School belonged to Jeff Pinegar

August 26, 2011|by KY3 News | newsalerts@ky3.com

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.

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Officers and deputies from the Clever Police Department and Christian County Sheriff's Department are working with state troopers on the investigation of the remains.

One of Pinegar's two daughters was at the scene on Monday and said she suspected the remains belonged to her father.   He's survived by his father, Gary Pinegar; mother, Gail Inge; daughters, Tiffany Mathews and Nikki Pinegar; and brother, Darrin Pinegar.  Online condolences may be made at Klingner-Cope Funeral Home.

Pinegar's family listed in their obituary that he lived in Clever.  Law enforcement records also show he lived in Springfield at various times. 

Pinegar's family supplied the photo of him holding a fish.  They said a celebration of his life will be next Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home. 4500 S. Lone Pine Ave., in Springfield.

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