In case anyone is interested, here is an interesting paper put out by the US Census Bureau as to what is defined as rural (in short, anything that is not urban - urban being classified as 2500 or more population): Defining Rural at the US Census Bureau. There is more detail in the article, if anyone wants the finer points of the distinction. Aside from that, in general usage, rural is described as being like the countryside, as opposed to the more densely populated city. I am sure people's opinions as to this area's classification will depend on their background and experience. It seems safe to say that JL was not found in a downtown, inner city area, nor was he found in a suburban neighborhood with sidewalks and manicured lawns. I'm not sure what relevance any of this has except that JL's death clearly occurred at a time and place at which it was not likely to be interrupted by others. IMO, JL was murdered, and his murder was covered up/ignored. It's not a stretch to think the widespread corruption of area powers-that-be at that time extended to this type of action. This is all MOO.