Coroner: Gulfport woman had been dead at least 2 months

Bricella Hicks (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)
Bricella Hicks (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The search for a missing Gulfport woman ended tragically Friday morning.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove told WLOX News a cleaning crew found the body of Bricella Hicks, 57, in a bedroom closet of a vacant Gulfport apartment on 30th Street, near 22nd Avenue.

Hicks was reported missing by her family earlier this month, and was last seen walking from her home on 30th Street.

Hargrove said her body had to be identified using medical records because of advanced decomposition. In fact, Hargrove said an autopsy revealed Hicks had been dead at least two months.

He said Hicks' death is being investigated as suspicious, and possibly a homicide. The cause of death is not being released, pending further investigation by the Gulfport Police Department.

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