Coroner: Southeast Missouri man's electrocution accidental

Saturday, July 10, 2010 | 6:32 p.m. CDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU — The coroner in Cape Girardeau County has ruled that a 71-year-old man's death from electrocution was accidental.

Family members found Robert Jones dead after he did not return home as expected Friday afternoon. Jones was electrocuted while working at a pond with an electric sump pump at the edge of a pond northwest of Delta.

Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton told the Southeast Missourian that he and the sheriff's department investigated the death shortly after it was reported. They ruled it accidental caused by an electrical malfunction.

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