GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It was on a remote stretch of dirt road in an area locals call "the pipelines" that the body of 23-year-old Joshua Gautier was found Wednesday afternoon. Crime scene tape still waves in the breeze.
Sheriff's investigators are trying to track down leads.
"The investigation is ongoing," said Shonna Pierce, Public Information Officer with the George County Sheriff's Department. "Suspects, we don't have yet, but we're interviewing people that were with him and were close to him, especially in the recent few days."
She also said the young man may not have died at the pipelines, but was dumped there instead.
"That's a very distinct possibility based upon where the body was and how the body was actually on the site."
While the investigation into the murder continues, at this point there are no suspects and no motive. Family members who gathered at the crime scene Thursday remembered a young man they loved a lot. Marcus Daniels is a cousin.
"He was a fun loving person. I mean, he was just good to talk to and like I said, once you met him you would never forget him," Daniels recalled. "He was just a good friend, a good person to be around."
Other relatives, like niece Krystal Smith, agree.
"He was a good person, fun to be around, interesting. He always made people laugh. There was never a dull moment with him," Smith said.
A small bouquet of flowers was placed at the exact location where Gautier was found. It's a grim reminder, family members say, of a life taken too soon.
Despite that, the family will move forward as they seek to recover from the tragedy, according to Smith.
"We're going to make it through. I mean, this is hard and it's going to be a long journey for us to get through, but we're going to make it through."
The cause of death for Gautier has not been released yet. Meanwhile, sheriff's investigators are also looking into what they say is another mysterious case. Donovan Cowart was reported missing earlier this week, and was last seen by family members on January 12th.
If you have any information about either of these cases, call the George County Sheriff's Department or Crimestoppers at (888)-313-8477.