CHARLES CITY, Iowa — Iowa authorities say a body found in rural northeastern Iowa has been identified as that of a missing man.

This Iowa Department of Public Safety says an autopsy completed Saturday positively identified the body as that of 28-year-old Michael Johns, who was last seen alive between Green and Charles City early on Oct. 25. He was reported missing the next day. His body was found Friday near a rural intersection about 10 miles south of Charles City.

Officials say his death has been ruled a homicide, but they declined to release the cause of death, citing the ongoing investigation. The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation investigating the circumstances surrounding Johns’ disappearance and death.

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