Hancock County asking public’s help to identify body found near Stennis

Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is trying to identify the remains of a person found buried under tires in NASA’S Stennis Space Center Buffer Zone.

The body was found Saturday by workers contracted by the Forestry Service to conduct a controlled burn in the area.

The Sheriff’s Department was called after the workers found human remains in a heavily wooded area. Deputies and investigators found the unidentified, decomposing remains partially concealed by tires that appeared to have been illegally dumped nearby.

The body was found in an area north of Interstate 10 and Stennis Space Center’s south gate.

The individual appeared to be clothed in male items, however, sex and race has not been determined. The individual was clothed in a red/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. Further examination revealed the individual had internal hardware and screws surgically placed on the left cheekbone and orbital area.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in identifying the individual. Any information should be reported to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 228-466-6910.

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