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Independence man whose body was found by Harrisonville mushroom hunter, died of meth intoxication

CASS COUNTY, Mo. – In the third week of April, the Cass County Sheriff's Office identified the body found in a farm field on E. 278th near State Route DD in rural Harrisonville Tuesday night as 36-year-old Vincent J. Royal, of Independence.

On Tuesday, August 1st, the Cass County Sheriff's Office announced it was closing the case regarding the death of Royal. The medical examiner's office determined Royal died from acute methamphetamine intoxication. His death has been ruled an 'accident.'

Investigators think Royal was in a vehicle that fled from deputies on April 4. According to Captain Kevin Tieman II, the vehicle pursuit began around 1 a.m. north of Peculiar on I-49. The driver then lost control and crashed in the area at E. 275th and Hayden Bridge Rd outside of Harrisonville.

Authorities say the driver was immediately taken into custody at the scene.  Several deputies and a K9 Unit searched the area for Royal, but they did not locate him.

This was the second instance of a mushroom hunter discovering human remains.

In early April, a hunter discovered one body and a police search found another in the same area. One of those bodies has been identified as missing woman Jessica Runions. The other body has not been identified yet.

A body was found in rural Harrisonville Tuesday night.