Body found under tires in NASA Buffer Zone

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body that was found over the weekend.

According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, firefighters discovered the remains Saturday as they were monitoring a controlled burn in the NASA Buffer Zone near Stennis Space Center.

Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam says the body was found buried under tires north of I-10 and west of Highway 607.

He says it had been there for some time and they’re asking the public’s help to try to identify the person. The person was wearing red or maroon colored shirt, light colored blue jeans, white Nike tennis shoes, possibly Air Force Ones, a Louis Vuitton belt and a silver Louis Vuitton wristwatch.

The individual also had internal hardware and screws surgically placed on the left cheekbone and orbital area. Sheriff Adam said, “The body was taken and today it was going to be sent to the crime lab to try to determine the cause of death. We’ve reached out to St. Tammany, once we get a little more identifying information, we’ll put it out there for everybody to try to see if they have anybody matching the description.”

Sheriff Adam tells News 25 that based on decomposition the body could have been there for a few weeks. No one is missing in Hancock County who fits the description. The sheriff’s office hopes to have more identifying information in the next day or two.

Sheriff Adam says it is likely this will become a homicide investigation.

If you have any information, please call the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 228-466-6910.

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