Harrison County

Person of interest in custody after body found in Gulfport apartment

Gulfport police and Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove are investigating what police are calling a suspicious death at an apartment complex on Lindh Road.

A body was found in an upstairs apartment at Legacy at Gulf Pointe on Wednesday afternoon, Gulfport police Sgt. Joshua Bromen said.

Hargrove identified the victim as Kari Whitley, 43, of Gulfport.

“Her death is being investigated as a homicide and her autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow”

Bromen said a person-of-interest in connection with the suspicious death is in custody.

Residents in neighboring apartments huddled on their porches as police officers and investigators interviewed people and waited for the coroner to finish his examination in the second-floor apartment.

Police went to the apartment after receiving a 911 call. Bromen said the conversation with Gulfport dispatch indicated a crime might have occurred.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99