Public Safety

Man whose body was found last week in a car near Interstate 380 was murdered, police say

CEDAR RAPIDS — Police are investigating the death of a man, whose body was found in a vehicle near Interstate 380 on March 12, as a homicide.

Police did not release details or the cause of death of Jordan Haynes, 27.

A property owner contacted police around 9:40 a.m. after finding the vehicle with the body inside in a wooded area near 76th Avenue SW.

The state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide after an autopsy, Cedar Rapids police said.

Public safety spokesperson Greg Buelow said the preliminary investigation indicated the vehicle had driven off the interstate. The vehicle has sustained significant damage, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-(800) CS-CRIME.

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