Ocean Springs Police rule suspicious death a homicide

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs Police are officially in the midst of a homicide investigation.  They've been looking into the suspicious death of 54-year-old Michael Surber since Thursday evening when he was found in his Ocean Springs home on Linda Drive.  Authorities said autopsy results gave them the evidence they needed to rule the case a homicide.

"At this point in time we're treating this investigation as a homicide," said Lieutenant John Flowers with the Ocean Springs Police Department.  "We initially began that way anyway, but its now officially a homicide investigation."

Authorities are not releasing Surber's cause of death at this time.

"We can't disclose the details of what we found," Flowers said.  "But there was foul play involved."

Surber's death has been under the microscope since Thursday when his friends found his body in his Ocean Springs home.  He was last seen at Skeeter's pool hall in Gulfport, and was expected to return Thursday. 

Police have identified a person of interest in the case, but do not have a suspect or a known motive.  They expect to release the person's name and picture later this week.

"We have not determined that person to be a suspect as we speak," Flowers said.  "We're going to follow up with those and continue following up on every lead available."

Police welcome tips from the public as they continue the investigation.

"We're going to continue doing what we've done since the beginning," Flowers said.  "We're going to follow up on every available lead and ask the public if they know something that has not been provided to us, please provide that to us if it will help with the investigation."

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Ocean Springs Police Department.  The number is (228) 875-2211.

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