Gulfport police scouring the area of Kremer's Landing in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
An investigation is underway after a woman’s body was found near Bayou Bernard in Gulfport on Tuesday afternoon.
The popular fishing hole and boat launch in Gulfport's Kremer Landing turned into a busy scene for law enforcement.
Multiple agencies sectioned off a large portion of Kremer's Landing after the body was found.
At 5:04 p.m., Gulfport police received a call from 17-year-old fisherman Gerardo Roman and his brother-in-law, who spotted the body laying over a bed of rocks.
"We had a fisherman that notified the police department advising that while he was out fishing, he finds what appears to be an adult body right at the east edge of Bayou Bernard," said Gulfport Police Department spokesman Sgt. Damon McDaniel.
Roman said the discovery was traumatizing.
"Someone called us from over there saying, 'We found a dead body.' At first I was like, there's no way, like what is he saying, and then we walked over there, and we saw the dead body," Roman recalled. "You could see a skull. It appeared to be a young body."
Before recovering the body, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove and investigators documented the scene by taking photographs over land and on water with the help of DMR officers.
"The individual has been there a while, and advanced decomposition has set in," said Hargrove. "It's been out here for a number of days. I'm not going to put a time frame on it until I get back with the pathologist and see what they think."
Hargrove described the woman as a white female between 5’5” and 5’8” and weighing between 100 and 120 pounds. He said she has a rose stem tattooed on her lower right leg.
Now, it's up to the state medical examiner's office in Jackson to conduct the autopsy. Gulfport has called multiple agencies to see if anyone is looking for a missing female.
D'Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne was on the scene talking with investigators, but there’s no word on exactly what he was doing.
Gulfport police are asking for any information pertaining to the body. If you know anything, call them immediately at 228-868-5959.
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