Victim identified in murder; suspect still on the run

Victim identified in murder; suspect still on the run

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The man found dead Monday in the parking lot of an Ocean Springs hotel has been identified.

37 year old Christopher Rochelle of Columbia, TN was found face down in the parking lot of the Travelodge Hotel on Hwy. 90 with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.

The man suspected of shooting him -- Nicky Johns -- is still on the run.

Officers say they found Rochelle just before 4 p.m. Monday. Around that same time, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department received a call from a woman at a convenience store who said she had information about a possible murder in Ocean Springs.

The witness talked to investigators and identified 37 year old Johns of Columbia, TN as the suspect. Authorities say he may be driving a newer model blue Ford Taurus.

Anyone with information on the death or the whereabouts of Nicky J. Johns is asked to contact the Ocean Springs Police Department at 228-875-2211 or Crime Stoppers 877-787-5898.

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