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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Authorities have identified a man found dead on the shoulder of I-57 early Monday. 

The Champaign County Sheriff's Department, Illinois State Police and OSF Pro Ambulance responded at about 4 a.m. Monday to I-57 southbound at mile marker 245, located near Thomasboro, for a person laying on the interstate shoulder. They discovered 32-year-old Kendrick D. Jones of Little Rock, Ark., was killed.

Police previously said Jones appeared to have been hit by an unknown vehicle in a hit-and-run.  Jones was on the shoulder of the road and a vehicle was off the road in a nearby field, per Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup. 

Jones was pronounced dead on the scene at 5:30 a.m. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday at the Champaign County Regional Autopsy Facility. The death and circumstances surrounding it are under investigation by ISP and the Champaign County Coroner's Office. 

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