May 9, 2022

Investigators ask for help identifying body found in Hancock County

Therese Apel

Photo by Mae Dulay on Unsplash

Over the weekend, a body was found in Hancock County that may have been there for quite some time.

Officials say Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies and criminal investigators responded to a wooded area north of Interstate 10 and Stennis Space Center’s south gate, after workers contracted by the Forestry Service reported the discovery of human remains.

Upon arrival, responding deputies and investigators found unidentified, decomposing human remains, partially concealed by items that appeared to have been illegally dumped nearby.

The individual appeared to be clothed in male items, however, sex and race has not been determined. The individual was clothed in a red or maroon shirt, light 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, emailing SOTips@co.hancock.ms.us or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

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