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Passenger in vehicle disposed of body in Airway Heights, 911 caller says

According to court documents, a search warrant is in place after a witnesses said a passenger in a vehicle disposed the body and drove off.

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash — The Spokane County Medical Examiner released the identity and cause of death of the man whose body was found near Northern Quest in Airway Heights on Thursday morning.

The sheriff's office identified the victim as 48-year-old Jeffrey Hayes. The Spokane County Medical Examiner said Hayes died after he was shot in his torso and ruled his death as a homicide.

Hayes' body was discovered on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 2 after a report to Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies at about 10:10 a.m. Deputies located the body in the area of Hayford Road and Balmer Road and secured the scene. 

According to search warrants filed in Spokane County Superior Court, a 911 caller said a passenger in a vehicle disposed of the body in a field off N. Hayford Road north of Northern Quest. The caller said the vehicle fled northbound on Hayford Road and the suspects appeared to be two white men. 

A shell casing was found near the victim’s feet, according to court documents. The identity of the suspects remains unknown.