A body has been found near Bayou Bernard, west of Cowan Road, Gulfport police said.
Two men out fishing found the woman’s body on the bank of the bayou, police spokesman Sgt. Damon McDaniel said. Authorities received the call at 5 p.m.
One of the men, Gerardo Roman of Gulfport, said the woman’s skull was visible and her pants had been pulled down.
“It was pretty traumatizing,” he said, of making the discovery.
McDaniel wouldn’t comment on that detail but both McDaniel and Roman said the body appeared partially decomposed.
“I cannot reveal any details of the body at this time,” McDaniel said. “But like I said, the person, or the individual, appears to have been here a little while.”
Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove was on scene to recover the body, which will be sent to the Mississippi Forensics Lab in Jackson for autopsy.
Detectives are still in the preliminary phase of the investigation. They hope forensics or tips from the public will help them identify the body and may allow them to match the remains to a missing person from the area, McDaniel said.