The body of a man found alongside a road in rural Audrain County on Thursday, died as the result of a gunshot wound, according to preliminary autopsy results from the Boone County Medical Examiner.

The Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad continues to investigate the homicide of 30-year-old Leon Wilder III of Columbia who was located by a passerby along Audrain County Road 997 north of Grassland School Road in the Centralia area.

Medical personnel and law enforcement officers responded to the scene at 2:20 p.m. Thursday. The site is close to the Boone/Audrain County line and near the Centralia Battlefield.

A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information about this homicide is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS. All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed.