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Sheriff: Body found in ditch that of escapee from Oklahoma halfway house

Lanny Leon Holman, Oklahoma Department of Corrections

JOPLIN, Mo. – Authorities in Missouri say a man whose body was found in a ditch near Joplin this week had walked away from a halfway house in Oklahoma.

Newton County Sheriff Chris Jennings says the body found Tuesday south of Joplin was 57-year-old Lanny Leon Holman, of Rocky, Oklahoma.

Jennings says a warrant was issued for Holman’s arrest in January after he left the halfway house.

The Joplin Globe reports authorities have not said how Holman died. But authorities say he had several bruises and appeared to have been beaten.

Investigators believe Holman was killed elsewhere and his body dumped along the road.