Posted: Feb 17, 2012 4:27 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2012 10:01 PM
TUCSON- An autopsy report is shedding new light on the murder of a 21-year-old man who disappeared last November.
The report says Jordan Peterson died a violent death, though it doesn't share any of the details.
It says his body was found in a shallow grave, severely decomposed and discolored, weighing 87 pounds. It was missing skin on the neck and abdomen. His toenails were also gone, along with a large portion of a tattoo on his shoulder.
The medical examiner did not find any obvious fractures.
A toxicology report indicates Peterson's body had traces of marijuana and opiates, which can be legally prescribed. Common varieties include morphine and herion.
The body also had traces of alcohol, which may be a result of decomposition.
He was wearing a white t-shirt, black hooded jacket, a pair of boxer shorts, with socks, shoes and a necklace with some sort of plastic medallion.
Jordan Peterson was last seen November 16, after telling his roommate he would be home later that evening. A couple days later Marana Police found his abandoned truck in the desert, with his phone and keys inside. The case went cold for a couple months until January 13, when authorities found his body in a remote area in Pinal County.
The man accused of killing Peterson, Bryan Lamar Lee, was indicted a little more than a week ago for first degree murder. He turned himself into authorities in Texas last month, after Tucson Police put out a warrant for his arrest.
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