Harrison County

Coroner: Man found dead by Gulfport shopping center had been ill

A man found dead in a ditch Friday behind Panda Palace at the Crossroads Shopping Center had been ill and died of natural causes, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said.

The man’s name was being withheld pending notification of family.

“He had recently been released from Garden Park Medical Center and he had an extensive medical history,” Hargrove said.

The body was discovered by people who were walking a dog, Hargrove said.

They called police at 12:18 p.m. and police called Hargrove to the scene.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews