Pass Christian police confirmed the man who was found dead in Gulfport on Friday is 60-year-old Kenneth Charlot. He was reported missing Thursday night.
Foul play is suspected and the cause of death is pending, Pass police chief Timothy Hendricks said in a release.
“We want to extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to all his family and friends,” he said.
Hendricks said Charlot’s family reported him missing. Hendricks said Charlot’s family went to his house on Seal Avenue in Pass Christian where he lives alone and noticed things “did not look right.”
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Hendricks originally said Charlot’s family said it was “outside his character to be gone any length of time without notifying someone.”
Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said two men were walking in the area of 30th Avenue and 23rd Street in Gulfport and called police around 11 a.m. after finding a body laying at the edge of the woods.
Upon discovering Charlot’s body, Hendricks said the nature of the investigation transitioned from a missing person to homicide.
“This investigation into this senseless act is in the early stages and very fluid,” Hendricks said. “We are receiving cooperation and information from multiple sources and verifying it in steady and methodical manner.”
Hendricks said Gulfport police and Harrison County deputies will aid the investigation.
Police are asking that anyone with information regarding Charlot call 228-452-3301.
Jeff Clark and John Fitzhugh contributed to this report.