Three weeks after human remains found in Mississippi woods, residents still have no answers

Published 2:44 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Three weeks after a hunter discovered human remains in the Mississippi woods, authorities and residents are still waiting on answers from the Mississippi crime lab.

The human remains were discovered in northwest Lincoln County on November 25.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office initially investigated the human remains before turning over the remains to the state.

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The remains were recovered by the Mississippi crime lab and sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office for further testing.

There are still no answers to questions raised by residents about who the remains were, how long they had been there and why the remains were there. Due to the condition of the remains no further description as to sex, race, or how long they had been at the scene is available without further testing by the state lab.

“We are still waiting on the crime lab and the medical examiners office to help us with identifying the remains,” Rushing said.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was first notified the hunter had located possible human remains near a road leading into a wooded area on Wooley Trail at 4:30 p.m. on November 25. Part of the road runs through Homochitto National Forest land.

Initial information indicated that no one had been to that location since about May 2023. Deputies responded to the scene and then requested the assistance of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, the Mississippi Crime Lab response team and the Lincoln County Coroner’s Office, as reported by The Daily Leader in November.