Bullet discovery turns fire into murder investigation

Al Daroca (Photo source: Harrison County Sheriff's Dept.)
Al Daroca (Photo source: Harrison County Sheriff's Dept.)

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The case of a fatal camper fire near Long Beach is now a murder investigation.

Al Daroca's body was found inside a camper August 27 on Daugherty Road. Firemen didn't discover his body buried in the charred rubble until the next day. Even later, the medical examiner discovered a bullet in Daroca's head.

The victim apparently was shot before the camper caught on fire. However, the coroner said Daroca died from smoke inhalation, not the gunshot.

Since finding that bullet, investigators have been looking for clues to link a suspect to the 58-year-old's death. So far, nobody has been arrested.

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