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.
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“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.”