Trash can tested for human remains in southwest Missouri

Thursday, July 5, 2012 | 10:14 a.m. CDT; updated 1:24 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 5, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — Authorities in southwestern Missouri are following a tip about a possible body at the home of a man who was shot to death by police.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that investigators are testing the contents of a trash can removed Wednesday outside a Springfield house. The home was the last known address of 37-year-old Adam Bergseth.

Bergseth was shot to death last Saturday by Marionville police in neighboring Lawrence County. Police said an officer responded to a call about a woman being held against her will. Bergseth allegedly threatened the officer with a pair of scissors before the officer opened fire.

Springfield police aren't commenting about the tip, except to say Marionville police advised them to check for a body at Bergseth's last known address.

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