The victim was identified as Jacob Johnson of Diana, who withdrew from New Diana School in October, according to a school spokeswoman. No arrests had been made as of late Monday afternoon, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd.
The man died under suspicious circumstances, but not from suicide, said Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter, who ordered an autopsy. The Sheriff’s Office issued a news release Monday saying the “case is being investigated as a homicide.”
The vehicle was parked beside Sego Lily Road in eastern Upshur County, said Potter, who said he did not know the circumstances under which the body was discovered. He said he pronounced the man dead at the scene at 3 a.m. Monday.
The Mirror learned that the body was found sometime before 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Sheriff’s Office said deputies “responded to a suspicious vehicle call” in the Diana area, and that upon arrival, “they found a male subject dead from a gun shot wound.”
The news release said the investigation was ongoing and that the office would issue an update “as more information becomes available.”
Byrd said he could not discuss details of the case because it’s an “ongoing investigation.”