Investigators: No foul play in death of man found in well


Grant County sheriff’s investigators have determined that no foul play was involved in the death of a Jefferson County man whose remains was found in a well in rural northeastern Grant County on Nov. 12, 2012.

The remains were identified as Daniel Ash Johnson, 28, who was last seen Aug. 6, 2012, less than two miles from the location of the well.

According to an unsigned memo from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department that was sent to Jefferson County, the State Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on the remains and classified the death as an accident with the cause of death listed as drowning. Methamphetamine intoxication was listed as a contributory cause.

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies conducted a search for Johnson for several days.

Because of the location and circumstances of the discovery of the body, law enforcement officials classified the death as suspicious and began an investigation.

The memorandum said Grant County and Arkansas State Police investigators reviewed the medical examiner’s report and “after consideration of all the facts and known evidence in this case have determined that there is no direct evidence to indicate foul play was a factor in the death of Daniel Johnson. At this time, the investigation is considered closed.”