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Elderly Woman's Murder Leaves Rural Neighborhood In Shock

"I'm shocked, I never thought anything like this would happen," Jackson County resident Jason Wilks said.

Until this weekend, Wilks says Highway 63 traffic is the only thing that's ever rattled his Escatawpa neighborhood.

"It's peaceful and quiet. You've got cars down the highway, but all the neighbors are nice. It's shocking," Wilks said.

Shocking, when crime scene tape covered 80-year-old Gloria Gibson's double wide trailer Sunday night, where police say Gibson was murdered. 

"It's apparent foul play is involved here," Sheriff Mike Byrd said.

One of Gibson's relatives was working in the woods behind her house, and he noticed her back door was opened. A few hours later, he noticed the front door was cracked also. Authorities say by the time he checked inside, it was 24 hours too late. 

Sheriff Byrd says there were no signs of a break-in or a robbery.

"That's the way it looks inside. Very neat, very well kept. That's why we expect she may have known the person," Sheriff Byrd said.

That seems unimaginable to this highway community, where many residents are elderly.

"What do you get out of killing an 80-year-old? What do you get out of it?" Wilks asked.

Wilks' biggest concern is that the crime was just yards away from his home.

"It's disturbing. My wife is here by herself during the day sometimes, and the doors will be locked," Wilks said.   

And with no suspects in this puzzling murder, many residents in this neighborhood will remain on edge.

"If God's ready for you, he's gonna take you. It's just bad that somebody got took like that," Wilks said.

Sheriff Byrd says investigators have questioned several people, but no arrests have been made.

Right now, authorities still don't have a suspect in custody. If you have any information, contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at (228) 769-3063.

By Keli Rabon

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