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Major Case Squad rules man's death not suspicious

(Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS) (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS)
(Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS) (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS)
(Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS) (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Authorities are near the end of a weekend death investigation Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

According to Cape Girardeau Sheriff John Jordan, a man's body was found at Elk's Lake just outside of Cape Girardeau on Saturday morning.

The victim was identified as Terry Dale Dalton, 64, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The Cape Girardeau-Bollinger County Major Case Squad was activated to help in the investigation early on Saturday morning.

The Major Case Squad said in a news release on Sunday the death was not suspicious. 

According to Capt. David James, Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton and the pathologist who performed the autopsy will be establishing the official cause of death for Dalton.

Dalton was a postal worker and member of the Elks Lodge.

Elks members tell Heartland News that a gunshot was heard Friday afternoon around 3:30.

His vehicle's glove box was open and his wallet found opened.

Elks members say they believed was possible Dalton was shot and his body put in the lake. 

The sheriff's office says it was shortly after he was reported missing that authorities found his body.

It was a discovery that came as a shock to most everyone he knew.

“Everybody in here is just shocked that this would happen to Terry because we can't imagine anyone having a grudge against Terry, said Fred Naeter, a friend of the victim. “I mean Terry Dalton was just one of those guys that anytime you walked in you were glad to see him, everyone was glad to see him. So it's just a big shock to us."

The sheriff says Dalton's autopsy was scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

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