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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 2, 2020
On Dec. 1, 2020, at about 8:00 a.m., the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to 1809 E. Seminole due to a 911 caller locating a suspected deceased person. Officers entered the vacant business and located a deceased male inside who appeared to have been assaulted.
The deceased person has been identified as 48-year-old Johnny A. Pendergrast, a male from Kansas City, MO. Next of kin notifications have been made.
Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).
This marks the 25th violent death in Springfield in 2020. Seventeen of those, including this case, have been determined to be Murder under the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) rules, one was classified as Negligent Manslaughter, and two others were ruled justified after review by the Greene County Prosecutor. Five other cases remain under investigation to determine the appropriate classification.
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Case number: 20-40615
Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey
Release authorized by Lt. Tony Vienhage