Skeletal Remains Found in Gulfport

An anonymous tip led Gulfport police in search of a body Saturday night. Police say the tipster said the body of a possible homicide victim was buried in the backyard of a home on Hewes Avenue and 26th-1/2 Street.

"We applied for a search warrant and began digging here around four (p.m.). With the assistance of cadavor dogs, we were able to locate a possible site for the body, and we began digging there. And we recently located what appears to be skeletal remains of a human body," said Officer Ben Taylor with the Gulfport Police.

Police say they do not have a positive I.D. on the body.

They say it could be the remains of someone who once lived in the home.

According to police, one former resident has been reported missing for about a year, but there is no known link between that person and the remains found today.

Police could not release the name of the former resident.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove and State Crime Lab officials are also on the scene trying to piece together more information.

If you have any information on this case, please call the Gulfport Police Department at 868-5959.