UPDATE: Columbia police identify victim of 'suspicious' death near White Oak Lane

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 | 4:22 p.m. CST; updated 11:22 a.m. CST, Wednesday, December 21, 2011

COLUMBIA — Police have identified the man found dead near White Oak Lane on Tuesday as Timothy Ray Jones, age 43.

At 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a call from a jogger at the end of White Oak Lane after he reported seeing a man lying unresponsive near the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail. The cause of death was unknown Tuesday afternoon.

White Oak Lane leads to a small connector trail that intersects with the MKT Trail just east of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and Garden.

A release from the Columbia Police Department said the death was "suspicious in nature." Police have reason to believe it may be a homicide, Sgt. Jill Schlude said.

Questions "simply cannot be answered at this time without potentially jeopardizing the investigation," Schlude said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Columbia Police Investigations Unit at 874-7423, or 874-7652 after business hours. To make an anonymous report, call Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS.

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