Man charged in death of man whose body was found in Pascagoula River

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Jackson County Sheriff’s investigators have charged a Pascagoula man with capital murder in the death of another man, whose body was found floating in the Pascagoula River earlier this week.

Sheriff Mike Ezell says 33-old Joseph Paul McLeod was arrested Thursday night, September 24, on unrelated charges. Today, September 25, McLeod was charged with killing 29-year old Dustin Lee Suttles.

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Suttles’ body was found in the river Tuesday, September 22, near Roy Cumbest Bridge off Wade/Vancleave Road.  The victim’s family confirmed his identity through a tattoo on his left arm.

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team, SMMET, are assisting in the ongoing investigation.  Other arrests are possible.

McLeod is jailed without bond at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center. He is expected to have an initial court hearing Monday.   

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