The body of a Hays man missing since early October was discovered Friday in a field in far eastern Ellis County, the Ellis County Sheriff's office said.

In a statement, the sheriff's office said they received a report of a vehicle matching the description of one being driven by Jacob Montoya III.

Montoya's body was located near a pond that was close by.

"It appears Montoya died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound," the statement said.

His vehicle was found in a wooded area about a half-mile west of the Russell County line.