Harrison County

Man found in the Mississippi Sound had been missing for a week, coroner says

The body of a man found floating in the Mississippi Sound near the Pass Christian Harbor had been reported missing a week earlier, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said.

Jerry Henderson, 62, fell in the water, probably from his boat that was docked in a slip at the harbor, Hargrove said.

The cause of death has been ruled an accidental drowning, he said.

Henderson had last been seen Jan. 28 around Shaggy’s beachfront restaurant at the harbor. A relative filed a missing person report with the Pass Christian Police Department.

Henderson died on Feb. 1.

Henderson loved to sail and enjoyed woodworking and art, according to his obituary.

Someone walking on a pier at the harbor spotted the body on Friday afternoon and contacted police, Hendricks said. Officers worked with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to retrieve the remains.

The discovery came as Pass Christian police were looking Henderson through the missing person report.

Robin Fitzgerald covers real-time news, such as crime, public safety and trending stories. In nearly 40 years as a journalist, her highest honors include investigative awards for covering the aftermath of the fatal beating of a Harrison County jail inmate in 2006 and related civil rights violations. She is a Troy University graduate.
Anita Lee is a Mississippi native who specializes in investigative, court and government reporting. She has covered South Mississippi’s biggest stories in her decades at the Sun Herald, including the Dixie Mafia, public corruption and Hurricane Katrina, a Pulitzer Prize-winning effort. Nothing upsets her more than government secrecy and seeing people suffer.
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