Man found in Pearl River County was trying to get home to Tennessee, coroner says

A man trying to get from Slidell to family in Tennessee was found dead in Pearl River County on Monday.

Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said 57-year-old Charles Wilson Ligon Jr., was found Monday morning by duck hunters returning from a trip saw his body near Interstate 59 and Highway 26 in Poplarville.

Turnage said Ligon died due to exposure to the extreme cold and died Christmas night. He had only a light jacket against the cold — although Turnage said he wasn’t wearing it, and had a cellphone and money on his person.

Turnage said it was apparent he had been staying in the woods and after accessing his cellphone, determined that he had been communicating with family.

Ligon had left Slidell about two weeks ago without a vehicle or other means of transportation. He had been working for a carnival company and left after the season was over. He was trying to get to family members in Tennessee.

“We were able to notify next of kin, and it was evident that the family was trying to work with him to get him back to Tennessee, but he didn’t have the means of getting a bus ticket or getting money wired to him,” Turnage said. “He didn’t have a current ID, which was the reason why he could not get those things done.”


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