Police Chief: Gulfport murders weren't random

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - More than 24 hours after a chaotic scene unfolded when three bodies were discovered at the Poolside Mobile Home Village in Gulfport, all seems quiet.  However, Gulfport police haven't slowed down.

"We have been working around the clock on this investigation. We do have a possible motive, and we're following all leads at this time," said Chief Alan Weatherford.

The victims are identified as 63-year-old Charles Durr, 48-year-old Gloria Morgan and her son, 28-year-old Clarence Payton.  They were discovered when a friend dropped by their mobile home.

According to Weatherford, the victims had not been living at the mobile home for long.

Officials are being very cautious about the details they release about this case. However, police did say they have increased patrols around the 19th Avenue neighborhood.

"It's important to the investigation- to the investigators, detectives- that only certain people know certain key elements of that crime. It's not to keep the public in the dark with information, but it's important that we protect that information and the facts that we have," explained the police chief.

As the investigation continues, Weatherford says that Gulfport residents can play a big role in solving this crime by reporting any information or suspicious activity.

"We cannot do this by ourselves. We do need citizen involvement. And, if you don't feel comfortable reporting it to crime stoppers or to your police department, you do trust someone in the community," said Weatherford who says tips can even be passed to local leaders who can then give information to police.

If you have any information that might help with this case, call the Gulfport Police Department at (228) 868-5959 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-787-5959.

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