Body found in Purvis identified as Moss Point man

PURVIS, MS (WLOX) - Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel says that the body discovered near the Norfolk Southern train tracks had been identified.

46-year-old James Smith, of Jackson County was found by members of a train crew about 9 a.m. Wednesday about 20 feet off the tracks in a ditch. Rigel said it appeared the body been there at least a day.

Rigel says Smith was from the Moss Point area.

The exact cause of death is not known at this time and officials are waiting on the autopsy results.

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