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Attempted murder suspect found dead near Philadelphia, MS park

Philadelphia police have identified a body found on Parkside Drive Tuesday night as 22-year-old Marquai Kirkland.

A driver discovered his body just before six o'clock just off of a gravel road, near Northside Park.

"An officer responded and observed a black male who appeared to be in his early 20s laying on the side of the road," Chief Grant Myers says. "It's kind of a secluded road on the edge of town."

Investigators believe the man had only been dead for a few hours when they found him.

They suspect foul play.

Last year, the victim, Marquai Kirkland was charged with attempted murder for his part in the shooting of a man on Adams Street.

About the latest case, Chief Myers says investigators have managed to gather some solid leads.

"We have been talking to some people about timelines as far as who he was in contact with throughout the day," Chief Myers says. "At this time, we believe a vehicle that was involved could possibly have a passenger side window missing. We're asking the public, if anyone's seen a vehicle in that area at the time that the window was out to please give us a call."

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and state crime lab are helping in this investigation.

Police are waiting on an autopsy report to learn more about Kirkland's exact cause of death. 

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