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Coroner identifies man found dead near East Lawrence High

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. - Authorities are investigating a body found near East Lawrence High School in the treeline near the ball fields, just off of County Road 475.

Coroner Greg Randolph identified the man as 22-year-old Matthew Caleb Farrer, who was last seen by his family in February. His father reported him missing in March.

Randolph confirmed that he was notified around 8 p.m. Tuesday that the body was discovered by students after an event on the field. Randolph said he believes Farrer had been there for some time.

The body was sent to the Department of Forensics in Huntsville for an autopsy. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

Sheriff Mitchell said that investigators are talking with friends of Farrer who may have had contact with him before he with missing. If you had contact with Matthew Farrer around the time he went missing, please contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at (256)974-9291.