COOPER COUNTY – An investigation of events leading to the death of a Cooper County Youth is ongoing.

An autopsy was conducted on Monday of the 12-year-old male gunshot victim from an incident that occurred on Saturday evening in a rural area northeast of Otterville.   

The autopsy, conducted at the Boone County Medical Examiner's Office, confirmed the cause of death to be a single gunshot wound to the head.  

Cooper County Sheriff's Office investigators and investigators from the Missouri State Highway Patrol continue their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.