JACKSON COUNTY -- The body of a missing man has been found in woods off Mississippi 613 about a week after he was seen running from the scene of a traffic accident, Sheriff Mike Ezell said.
Gerald Williamson, 45, of the Big Point community, was found dead Tuesday after deputies searched the area in response to a call from Williamson's parents, Ezell said.
The sheriff said Williamson's remains were found in a fenced horse pasture about 400 to 600 yards from the scene of the crash on Mississippi 613 near T. C. Whittington Road.
The parents reported him missing Jan. 7, saying they hadn't heard from him since the morning of Jan. 5, after he was involved in a traffic accident.
Ezell said the Mississippi Highway Patrol had responded to a one-vehicle accident Jan. 5 on Mississippi 613 near T.C. Whittington Road. Deputies went to the scene to assist but state troopers didn't need their help, he said.
After Williamson's parents called and mentioned his accident, sheriff's investigators contacted the MHP and learned witnesses said the driver of the crashed vehicle had run from the scene before emergency responders arrived, Ezell said.
Sheriff's investigators and Jackson County Search and Rescue began checking wooded areas near the accident scene Tuesday when they found the body.
"We don't know about the registration of the wrecked car," Ezell said. "We don't know for sure anything right now, but we believe he was driving that vehicle."
Ezell said the incident remains under investigation by his office and the Jackson County Coroner's Office.
"We're waiting on an autopsy to determine the cause of death," Ezell said. "We've got to have an autopsy before we can figure it all out."