June 18, 2024

GARNETT — The Anderson County Sheriff’s investigation into the mysterious death of an Iola man continues.  The body of 70-year-old John D. Stoneking, Sr., was found in his burned-out truck Aug. 14 north of Colony.  His death appears to have been the result of his truck striking a row of hay bales at the end of a dead end road and then catching fire.  Anderson County Sheriff Scot Brownrigg said a preliminary autopsy report lists the cause of death as smoke inhalation, but he said the final autopsy report due later should be the last word on Stoneking’s death.

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