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08/12/04

Police Investigating Death Of Lucedale Woman

The George County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a Lucedale woman whose body was found Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff Gary Welford says his department received a 911 call at around three o clock.

"Upon arriving on the scene deputies found Joanna M. Eubanks dead on the scene," said Welford.

 Investigators have yet to identify a cause of death and are awaiting autopsy results. The sheriff's department has yet to classify Eubank's death a murder; however, Welford admits there are suspicions regarding the circumstances of the 18 year old's death.

Welford says the department is trying to locate 20 year old Michael Latavin Smith, of Lucedale, for questioning in connection with Eubank's death. They believe Smith may be able to help piece together exactly what happened.

"It's possible Michael was the last person to see Joanna alive," said Welford.

 Anyone with any information on Smith's whereabouts or anything concerning this case is encouraged to contact the George County Sheriff's Department at 601-947-4811 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-313-8477.

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