Body of missing Florida woman found in Jackson County

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The body of a missing Florida woman was found in the backyard of a Jackson County home this afternoon.

The unknown woman has been missing since October of last year and when local authorities began working with an FBI task force just last week, it led them to the home of 54-year-old Phillip York of Ocean Springs.

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York has been charged with murder in the death of the woman. An autopsy is scheduled for next Tuesday in Jackson. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said, “We had some suspicions she was buried in the yard and come to find out we have recovered what we believed to be the missing woman from South Florida. We’re just very sorry about this. It’s always sad to work something like this, but we will get some resolution for the family and try to see that justice is served.”

We will continue to update you as more information is available.