The body of a Yankton man was found on Old Highway 50 east of Yankton early Friday morning.
The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man as Joseph Bret Jackson, 23.
A report was received at 3:45 a.m. of a dead body found along the roadway west of East Side Drive on 309th St./Old Highway 50. Deputies went to the scene and found Jackson deceased on the roadway.
An investigation revealed that Jackson was struck by an unknown motor vehicle that left the scene.
Sheriff Jim Vlahakis said no witnesses of the incident have come forth.
It is believed the hit-and-run occurred between 2:30-3:30 a.m., he added.
Motorists drove by the scene around that time and noticed something on the road, but they didn’t realize until later what they had passed, Vlahakis said.
“It’s understandable,” he stated, noting the body was dismembered. “It was a violent strike.”
Jackson’s body has been transported to Sioux Falls for an autopsy.
It is unknown what Jackson was doing along Old Highway 50. Vlahakis said the victim did not live in the area.
“If anybody has any information, we encourage them to call,” he stated.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (605) 668-3567. Anonymous information can be shared through Crimestoppers by calling (605) 665-4440.
The incident is being investigated by the sheriff’s office, the Yankton Police Department and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.
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