BY WLOX Staff
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - 36-year-old Eugene Dixon, Jr. died as a result of the devastating storms on Saturday morning. D'Iberville Chief of Police Wayne Payne said initial investigation suggests that Dixon was on his way home from work around 2:30 a.m. when his vehicle was over taken by flood waters.
Approximately 2:30 a.m., two residents of the Forest Cove community heard someone screaming. However, they believed it to be their neighbors arguing and did not notify police immediately. Then around 4:04 a.m., one of the residents observed tail lights in a drainage channel behind his residence.
D'Iberville Police officers responded to the call at 4:06 a.m. and located a vehicle. The vehicle was wedged against a tree in the drainage channel. Officers observed the driver's side window down. Officers conducted a search of the area and were unable to locate anyone needing assistance.
After the storm subsided, Officers returned to the area to investigate the abandoned vehicle. During the investigation, officers learned the vehicle was registered to Dixon. As a result of a second search of the area, officers found Dixon's body approximately 200 yards from his vehicle.
Captain Keith Davis of the Criminal Investigation's Division said residents in the area described the water level as "tremendous" during the storm. One resident said the water was so high at one point, he personally stood outside to deter motorist from driving through the area where Dixon's vehicle was overtaken by swift flowing waters, due to the water being pushed inside his residence.
Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove responded to the scene. After identifying Dixon's body, Hargrove notified the family. This investigation is ongoing.