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Authorities seek "person of interest" in Claiborne County double homicide

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CLAIBORNE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The grisly discovery of two bodies in Claiborne County has authorities working overdrive to find whoever's responsible. They're hopeful a person of interest, who last saw the two victims alive, can shed light on this case.  

"It's crazy, you know, but we got to cope with it and deal with it," said Kornisha Sayles.  

Sayles' cousin, 29-year-old Melvina Hedricks, was one of the two victims discovered on Thursday.  

"With the sheriff and their team that don't want to tell nobody nothing, you know, the scenario of the story, we don't know too much," added Sayles.  

Hedricks' relatives are still trying to come to terms with her death, wanting answers for what happened.  

Sayles said the person of interest authorities want to question, 32-year-old Dennis McCay, should be the chief suspect in this case.  

"Dennis McCay, he picked her up from my cousin's house in Pattison last night at 10 o'clock, and they hadn't seen her no more since," said Sayles.

Sheriff Marvin Lucas said a domestic violence call at two Thursday morning brought authorities to a home on Barland Road. Hours later, another tip led them to a vehicle that belonged to McCay's mother. That vehicle had blood inside.  

On Thursday afternoon both victims were found in creeks off Barland Road. Sheriff  Lucas said it appears a love triangle of sorts could be to blame, between McCay, Hedricks and the unidentified second victim.  

"The girl that they picked up from the scene and Melvina, they always be riding together, the three of them, said Sayles. "What caused this little altercation last night, I couldn't tell you."

McCay and Hedricks also allegedly have a son together, according to authorities.  

Sheriff Lucas said he's known McCay for years. He is encouraging anyone who knows his whereabouts to contact authorities.  

"I need the community's help. If you have seen this young man, call the sheriff's office," Lucas said. "Call me and let me know where he's at. We just need to talk to him."  

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is cautioning people not to approach McCay. He is considered armed and dangerous. Despite that, Sheriff Lucas said he doesn't believe McCay is a suspect.  

"I think somewhere down there he had a misunderstanding, and things happen in our lives. We need to hear Dennis' side of the story," Lucas said. "There's two sides to everything."

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