Body found in trunk of car at Mississippi used car lot identified as missing woman last seen leaving 1 a.m. crash

Published 1:22 pm Wednesday, June 12, 2024

A body found inside the trunk of a vehicle at a Mississippi car lot Monday has been positively identified as a woman who was last seen leaving the scene of a 1 a.m. crash last week.

Officials have been looking for Samantha Elisabeth McCowan, 32, since she was last seen leaving the scene of a crash on foot on Friday, June 7. McCowan reportedly struck a power pole at 1 a.m. on Victory Road near Highway 184 in Jones County. After the crash McCowan was seen leaving the crash scene on foot.

WDAM in Hattiesburg reports that Jones County deputies said a body that was discovered in the trunk of one of the vehicles at a local used car lot on Highway 184 on June 10 was positively identified as McCowan.

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An autopsy completed by the Mississippi Forensic Laboratory and video from security cameras showed no indications of foul play, investigators report.