Taney County Coroner Autopsy Results Indicate Wayne Gilley Death Caused by Homicide
Branson, MO – Taney County Coroner Kevin Tweedy released the results of the autopsy performed on Wayne Gilley this morning, August 30, revealing the death of 54-year old Wayne Gilley was caused by blunt force trauma. Branson police are treating the investigation as a homicide and are working active, valid leads to bring the investigation to a close. Friday, August 26 at approximately 9:30PM, the City of Branson police department received an anonymous call from an individual reporting that he had picked up a distraught female who claimed that there were two dead bodies in the woods near Highway 76. Branson police officers were dispatched to this heavily wooded area with investigation teams who have been actively searching the area for four days, although they continued the search which ended in the discovery of only one body, that of 54-year old Gilley. At this time, police do not believe there is a second victim.“While we have been awaiting confirmation of our suspicions by the coroner’s office, we have been treating this as a homicide since we first discovered the body of Mr. Gilley on Saturday,” says City of Branson Interim Police Chief Stan Dobbins. “We have many cooperative individuals and witnesses that have come forth with information to aid in the investigation, and are working very active leads to bring this matter before the prosecutor for closure.” Interim Chief Dobbins reiterates that all information received to date indicates this is an isolated incident targeting the deceased Mr. Gilley, and he has not believed at any time during the investigation that the public is at risk. “We do continue to have a verified concern for the well-being of one witness and will not release any more information in the criminal investigation phase that could place that witness at any risk whatsoever.” Officers are continuing to pursue numerous leads and encourage anyone with information related to this incident to contact the Branson Police Department at (417) 334-3300.
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