Woman's body found in wooded area

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A woman is dead and Harrison County officials need your help in finding out who killed her. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove told WLOX News that the woman died from blunt force trauma to the chest.

Sunday, the remnants of a crime scene are all that's left in one section of the DeSoto National Forest. That's after Saturday night when two hunters discovered a dead woman's body. Nearby residents say they're not surprised.

Nicholas Gilbert has lived in the East Harrison County area for nearly 25 years.

"We have had a few incidences with people dumping bodies out here," Gilbert said. "It's a big area, and it's kind of secluded. So you kind of expect something to happen every three or four years."

Years ago, Gilbert says another body was dumped near Red Creek, just four miles north of his home.

He also remembers another body being stashed near White Plains and Lamey Bridge Roads and more recently a deadly domestic bank shooting.

Gilbert said, "There was a bank shooting, and the guy chose to fled to the same spot within probably a mile of where that body was dumped.

It is not yet known whether Saturday's homicide happened in the forest or if it was another incident of someone attempting to get rid of a body. And that's not sitting well with people who call East Harrison County their home.

"I do have a family and two kids, so it does concern me that there are people and things going on like that in this area," Gilbert said.

Right now investigators have a limited description of the woman found. She is described as a darker skinned black woman, in her late teens to early 20s. She is about 5'4", weight 135 pounds and has short black hair.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Harrison County Sheriff's Department at 228-897-1364.