May 19, 2022

UPDATE: Jones County authorities suspend river search for reported second victim

Therese Apel

Jones County rescuers prepare to search the Leaf River on reports of a second homicide victim


According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, no second body was found today in the Leaf River, but JCSD will continue to investigate the possibility of another victim in the Brittany Holifield case.

Currently the search efforts have been suspended

“We continue to run down leads and follow-up on information we are receiving with regard to a second possible murder victim,” said Sheriff Joe Berlin. ”

If you have any relevant information, please call JCSD at 601-425-3147 or Jones County Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP (7867).

ORIGINAL POST (5-19-22, 11:56 a.m.):

Jones County rescuers prepare to search the Leaf River on reports of a second homicide victim

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department is searching the Leaf River again near where the body of Brittany Nicole Holifield was found last week.

A release from the department said they had received tips about a possible second victim who was reportedly murdered and dropped into the Leaf River around the same time as Holifield.

Authorities say this information is unconfirmed and callers who have reported this have not been able to provide a name. Deputies also do not have any missing persons reports.

“However, we are conducting underwater scuba diving operations, surface water searches, and bank searches,” the statement reads.

Deputies captured murder suspect Marty Breazeale in a pine thicket overnight Tuesday after responding to a suspicious person complaint near Bok Homa casino. He is accused in Holifield’s death.

On the scene are the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, the Jones County Search and Recovery Dive Team, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and the Jones County Emergency Management Agency.


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