UPDATE: Body found near Roy Cumbest Bridge now a murder investigation

Jackson County investigators are now investigating the death of a man found in the Pascagoula River this week as a homicide.
Updated: Sep. 24, 2020 at 4:08 PM CDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - Investigators now believe a man found dead in the water near Roy Cumbest Bridge in Jackson County this week was murdered.

Dustin Suttles, 29 of Gautier, was identified as the victim one day after his body was found floating in the Pascagoula River. He was recovered around 1 p.m. Tuesday by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks near the Roy Cumbest Bridge off Wade/Vancleave Road.

An autopsy was performed Thursday morning, and according to Sheriff Mike Ezell, the preliminary results show Suttles was the victim of a homicide.

Investigators aren’t releasing any further details at this point, but they’re hoping someone with information might come forward. If you have any details that might help in the investigation, you’re asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department at 228-769-3063.

Detectives found a boat near the body, but it’s unclear at this time who owns it.

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