Suspicious odor leads to gruesome discovery in D'Iberville

A man riding bicycles with his son Sunday afternoon decided to investigate when he smelled a suspicious odor.

The pair parked their bicycles near the Dollar General on Lemoyne Boulevard and followed the smell to a decrepit shed behind a vacant house next door, on the west side of a ditch and strip of woods. The man spotted a body, rushing his son from the area.

Police Chief Wayne Payne said the man reported the discovery to police at 4:25 p.m. It took D’Iberville police and firefighters several hours to recover the body of an adult male. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove estimated the man died a week to 10 days earlier.

Officers brought in a chainsaw to cut bamboo from around the shed, then used a backhoe to take apart a portion of the metal building so they could retrieve the body, which will be sent for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

“We don’t know what we have yet,” Payne said. “We don’t know if he died of natural causes or succumbed to the weather. We are treating it as a suspicious death.”

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99