December 21, 2014

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Body found in field identified as missing man

Elyria police and detectives investigate the scene where a body was found in a field on West Ridge Road in Elyria. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Elyria police and detectives investigate the scene where a body was found in a field on West Ridge Road in Elyria. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — The body of a man found in a cornfield a week ago by a farmer has been identified as Jeffrey Cannon, 46, who was last seen in September.

Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans said he believes Cannon died from hanging himself around the time he went missing Oct. 1.

“It appears to be suicide,” Evans said, adding that an autopsy completed on Friday didn’t show signs of trauma on Cannon’s body.

A farmer found Cannon’s body in the cornfield on the 8700 block of West Ridge Road on the morning of Dec. 11. The body looked as though it had been at the scene for a while, according to Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino.

Costantino said that when Cannon was reported missing Oct. 1, he had been accused of sexual abuse.

“He was a suspect in an alleged sexual offense involving juveniles,” Costantino said.

The investigation was in its beginning stages when Cannon went missing, and he had only been questioned by police a few times, Costantino said.

While the autopsy points to suicide, Costantino said police will continue to investigate Cannon’s death to determine whether he went missing voluntarily.

“We look at all possible scenarios,” Costantino said.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.