It's been almost a month since the body Bill Sparkman a U.S. Census worker was found dead in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Clay County.
His 20-year-old son believes his father was murdered.
Josh Sparkman is a soft spoken young man dealing with the hard reality of losing his only parent.
"He taught me everything I know really. I wouldn't be who I am if it wasn't for him," says Josh Sparkman.
The death of Bill Sparkman appears to have been a savage attack .
It made national news when the U.S. Census worker and substitute teacher was found dead in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
"I couldn't believe it had happened. I couldn't believe that anyone would hurt my father especially in such a brutal manner," says Sparkman.
Investigators say he had a rope around his neck and the word "Fed" scrawled across his chest and was bound and gagged but they have not yet said they believe he was murdered.
"You can't do it how do you accidentally end up that way, you don't so I don't see how they haven't straight ruled it a homicide," says Sparkman.
While he struggles to keep keep up with the details of a headline grabbing case allowing him little time to grieve privately he remembers a father who adopted him at the age of two, volunteered at his school, enrolled him in Boy Scouts, and turned him into a math whiz.
"From a young age he was always teaching me more advanced math. How does he know this, he's three grades ahead," says Sparkman.
His father's life taken and his now on hold.
Josh Sparkman has inherited a home, a sense of responsibility and a sense that it will be some time before his life anywhere near normal
"I want to see justice. I would hate to have my dad's case end up as a cold case and never find out exactly what happened or who did this," says Sparkman.
Josh Sparkman says if there's anything good that has come from his father's death it's that perhaps that the Census Bureau will come up with ways to make the job safer.