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Body Found in Union Star Identified, Suspect in Custody

Jodi Jacob Downs. Photo by Missouri Department of Corrections.

Officers have arrested a Savannah man for murder of a St. Joseph man whose body was found last week in the back yard of a Union Star home.

The deceased man has been identified as Dennis Patterson Jr. of St. Joseph. Jodi Jacob Downs is now charged with his murder.

Officers say Patterson went to the home in Union Star on July 16th when he and Downs got into a fight. Downs is alleged to have shot Patterson. DeKalb County law enforcement began searching the Union Star home after a tip was made about the homicide.

Downs is incarcerated in the Western Reception and Diagnostic Corrections Center in St. Joseph on other charges.

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