Hancock County

Hancock official: Man was dead hours before he was found in friend’s car


A man said he was bringing his friend to a hospital when he died inside of his car at the Circle K gas station in Waveland, a Hancock County sheriff’s official said.

Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass said investigators and Waveland police responded to the convenience store on U.S. 90 at 5:20 p.m. where the man, who is from out of state, was pronounced dead by Harrison County Coroner Jim Faulk.

Bass and Faulk said the man’s death could be related to an overdose. Faulk said he’ll do a drug screen on the body Sunday night.

Bass said it appears the man was dead hours before police were called.

A rumor circulating on Facebook said the man was shot and there was blood on the scene at Circle K, but Bass said there was no evidence of a shooting.

The deceased man was born in 1987, Faulk said, but he can not release his name until his mother has been notified.

Bass said no arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @Journalism_J