By SAMANTHA SCOLES
News Managing Editor
MOUNT VERNON — The body found six days ago in a septic tank on Newcastle Road has been positively identified as Raymond Staats.
According to Knox County Coroner Jennifer Ogle, Staats was shot several times in the chest and torso and suffered an injury to his spinal cord.
Staats was asphyxiated with a plastic bag that was secured over his head. There was severe decomposition to his body, Ogle said.
Comparison of dental records aided in the identification of Staats.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Jeff Lee performed the autopsy.
Staats was reported missing Jan. 9, 2009, from Canton, by a lifelong friend who last saw him leaving Canton for Mount Vernon in a blue Durango.
A call has been placed to Knox County Sheriff David Barber seeking information as to what happens next in this case.
The Mount Vernon News will continue to publish information as to who killed Staats, and why, as it becomes available.