ATV accident kills former county commissioner

Former longtime Adair County Presiding Commissioner Gary Jones of rural Novinger was found dead Wednesday night.

A former northeast Missouri elected official has died as the result of an ATV accident.

Former longtime Adair County Presiding Commissioner Gary Jones, 73, of rural Novinger was found dead Wednesday night in a neighbor's farm field.

Adair County Sheriff Bob Hardwick said the 4-wheeler Jones had been operating was overturned, and Jones was pinned underneath it.

Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jones had been repairing fence Wednesday afternoon and when he didn't return home that evening, his family, neighbors and Adair County sheriff's deputies began a search for him. They found Jones around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Adair County Coroner Brian Noe said the death has been ruled accidental.

No autopsy will be performed, but Noe said Jones did have a history of heart problems and wore an implanted defibrillator.

Noe said the recordings on that medical device will be reviewed to see if a medical condition may have contributed to the accident.

He said it would be several days before that information would be available.

Jones served three 4-year terms as Adair County Presiding Commissioner.

He took office in January 1999 and left office in December 2010.

Jones' funeral is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013, also at the funeral home.