Police investigate identity of body found near national forest

Published 4:19 pm Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Authorities in Mississippi are investigating whether an unidentified body is that of a missing 60-year-old woman.

News outlets report someone located a female body Saturday near the Homochitto National Forest. Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says it appears the body had been there for several days.

A son of Dianne Richardson McMorris called the sheriff’s office Sunday after hearing about the body. He told authorities that family members hadn’t seen McMorris since Aug. 19.

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Rushing says investigators are exploring all avenues to determine whether the cases are connected. He says a Silver Alert wasn’t issued when McMorris was reported missing because she doesn’t have a medical condition that would impair her judgment.

The Mississippi State Crime Lab will conduct an autopsy. Results are expected by next week.