JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson Police Chief Lindsey Horton says two police officers responding to a 911 call in which a woman had been killed mishandled the case.
Horton told The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1qhtOYM ) that the two officers, whose names were not provided, failed to thoroughly check the property on Tuesday from which the call had originated. Had they done so, Horton says they would have found the body of 67-year-old Helen Ruth Harrion.
Instead, one of Harrion's family members discovered her body behind her home about 11 hours later.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart says Harrion had been beaten, strangled and shot in the face.
Horton said the officers will get a "behavior modification" so they never made that mistake again.
Investigators continue to search for a suspect or suspects in the homicide.
Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com
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