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Authorities identify body found in Southaven ditch

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Officials have identified a man found dead in a ditch off Interstate 55 in Southaven.

DeSoto County Coroner Jeff Pounders tells The Commercial Appeal ( 62-year-old Michael J. Gooch was found around 2 p.m. Tuesday on Old Airways near Interstate 55 by a road worker cutting the grass along the highway.

Pounders said Gooch, who had an Arkansas driver's license, had been living in a wooded area near where his body was found. He had been in the ditch for the last three to five days before his body was discovered.

Pounders said the investigation continues, but Gooch's death does not appear suspicious.

His body will be sent for an autopsy to the state medical examiner's office.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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