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Police still looking to identify suspects after body was found Thursday on side of Hayford Road

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 7, 2021

Spokane deputies are shown earlier this month at the scene where a body was found in Airway Heights. Two suspects have been arrested.   (Sydney Brown / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane deputies are shown earlier this month at the scene where a body was found in Airway Heights. Two suspects have been arrested.  (Sydney Brown / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane deputies believe the man found dead Thursday on North Hayford Road in Airway Heights died from a gunshot wound, according to court documents, but questions remain as to who may have left him there.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday identified the victim as Jeffrey Hayes, 48. His manner of death was ruled a homicide from a gunshot wound to the torso.

At 10:08 a.m. Thursday, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office got a call from a woman who said she saw two men in a white passenger vehicle dump a body in the vacant field just north of the Northern Quest Casino, according to a recently filed search warrant.

Deputies found Hayes dead at the scene on North Hayford Road and West Balmer Avenue. A shell casing was found near his body, according to the search warrant.

Spokane deputies said Tuesday they were looking for information about a white 1990 Mazda four-door sedan they say could have been involved in the death of a man whose body was left in a vacant field Thursday morning on North Hayford Road, according to a news release from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information about Hayes or the white Mazda in or around the West Plains/Airway Heights area Thursday morning was urged to share it with Detective Dean Meyer at 509-477-3159, reference #10159023.

This story has been updated

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