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Authorities working to identify body found Monday

By Robin Y. Richardson
May 1, 2012 at 10 p.m.

Local authorities are trying to identify the body of a person found dead Monday morning in Marshall.

"We do not have anyone that matches that description that's been missing in the last 30 days," Jay Webb, administrative deputy for Harrison County Sheriff's Office, said Tuesday.

Further, Webb said, "we've gone back more than two months and haven't found anything."

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, Harrison County 911 dispatchers received a call at 10:30 a.m. Monday regarding the discovery of a deceased person on Marks Hill Road and Frierson Road in Marshall.

"When deputies arrived they were met by the witness who stated she was looking for plum trees and smelled a strong odor in the area," the press release noted.

Due to advanced decomposition of the body, deputies were unable to identify it. Justice of the Peace Judge Kent Alford pronounced the body as deceased and ordered an autopsy to determine the identity and cause of death, the press release indicates. The body was then sent to Forensic Services in Tyler.

And while the sheriff's investigators didn't find anyone in their missing person records to aid in identifying the body, Webb said officials at Marshall Police Department are still reviewing their records.

He said Waskom and Hallsville police departments haven't had any reported missing persons.

However, officials encourage anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Harrison County Sheriff's Office investigation section at (903) 923-4000.



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