JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Family members of 59-year-old Frankie Taylor Fairley may be able to sleep a little easier after knowing that two men are now in custody in connection with her death.
Fairley went missing Tuesday afternoon after she told her husband to watch a pot of food she had left on the stove. Little did he know, that would be the last time he saw her, and that the questioning of a loved one's whereabouts would turn into a family's worst nightmare.
"I want my sister back home," Jimmie Fairley pleaded. "That's what was going through my mind. Hope that wherever she is, she will return safe."
In the middle of our interview, devastating news came. Fairley's body had been found just two miles away from her home.
"She's down there in that field!" family friend Johnny Clay shouted. "She's down there laying in the field."
Family members and friends can't believe this tragedy has happened to someone, they say, would give anything to help someone in need.
"Oh, Frankie was one of the sweetest persons in the world," Clay said. "She always worked in the church, would do anything for anybody in the neighborhood. She was an outstanding neighbor, you know, do anything for you, get out of her bed for you. I mean, I can't believe something like this happened to Frankie."
"It's just a hurting feeling, you know. And listening to her daughter say she won't be able to see her graduate," Fairley's sister-in-law Madeline Thompson said. "She had three kids still in school that hadn't graduated. One is a senior and her baby is in the tenth grade, and both of them looked at each other and said, 'She won't see them graduate.'"
The identities of the two men in custody have not been released. Fairley's autopsy results should be released Thursday morning.