Jackson County

Woman found dead in her car was missing Pascagoula mother, police say

Billie Jean Harris
Billie Jean Harris

Pascagoula police Monday confirmed a mother of one reported missing May 31 was found dead in her car in the Winn Dixie parking lot in Long Beach over the weekend.

“Our prayers go out to her friends and family during this difficult time,” Pascagoula police said on their Facebook page.

No foul play is suspected in the death of Billie Jean Harris, 24.

Police found her dead inside her gold 1997 Ford Escort.

Pascagoula police officers tracked the woman’s cellphone to the Long Beach store’s parking lot, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said. When the two Pascagoula police officers looked inside the car, they saw the woman’s body and called Long Beach police in to investigate.

Harris disappeared after she dropped off her daughter at the child’s father’s home. She had said she was going to the Pascagoula Walmart but never returned home.

Police Chief Kenny Johnson confirmed Friday that surveillance showed Harris made it to the Pascagoula store and left a short time later.

The woman’s family had reported her missing because it was out of character for her to disappear.

Long Beach police found the body about 1 a.m. Sunday after they were tipped off on a location by Pascagoula police.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45