Boone-County-SDBOONE COUNTY, Mo., – The two homicide victims found Saturday, September 19, 2015, have been identified as James W. Richardson, 41, of Columbia and Kenneth B. Long, 42, of Mexico, Missouri.

UPDATE: (09/29/15)

7:40 a.m. — Officials are offering a reward to anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in a double homicide.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department have been investigating the death of James Richardson, 41, of Columbia, and Kenneth Long, 42, of Mexico, Mo., since September 19. Both bodies were discovered early that morning in the 6900 block of East Mexico Gravel Road, deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Officials have been unable to identify a suspect in the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the CrimeSoppers Hotline at (573) 875 – TIPS. CrimeStoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. All calls made to the Hotline are confidential, and a person does not need to provide a name to collect the reward.

UPDATE: (09/22/15)

8:50 a.m. — The autopsies conducted on the two homicide victims in Boone County confirmed the cause of death to be gunshot wounds.

According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, the Boone County Medical Examiner released the reports Monday afternoon. The two victims, James Richardson and Kenneth Long, were found dead Saturday morning by an employee of an asphalt company. The two bodies were nearly 150 yards from each other.

The employee called 9-1-1 after finding Richardson’s body. A K-9 unit later discovered Long’s body in a field.

ORIGINAL: (09/20/15)

2:25 p.m. — According to a press release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, an asphalt worker, who was pouring asphalt and found the body of Richardson and called 9-1-1. Upon arrival the Sheriff’s used a K-9 unit and located the body of Long about 150 years farther from the road.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department urges anyone with information to contact the CrimeStoppers organization by calling (573) 875-TIPS, or 8477.