An autopsy on 63-year-old Howard Miller of Hannibal, whose body was discovered Wednesday morning at a hotel in the 600 block of Mark Twain Avenue in Hannibal, will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, according to Marion County Coroner Darrell McCoy.
The autopsy is scheduled to be conducted at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.
While some preliminary details might be determined Thursday, McCoy advised it could take from six to eight weeks before the full toxicology report is completed.
According to police records, officers were dispatched to the scene at 7:30 a.m. The initial response was to investigate the report of a “man down in the parking lot” at the site.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Department was notified about the death at approximately 8 a.m. The sheriff’s department was called in since by state statute either the sheriff or one of his deputies takes on the duties of acting coroner when the coroner is out of town. McCoy was in Jefferson City Wednesday where he is participating in an annual training conference.
McCoy reported the death is being investigated by police and his office because of its “cause and manner.”