Crime

Authorities searching for person of interest after body found in freezer

Investigators are at a house in Latimer where a man's body was found in a freezer early Monday, March 20, 2017. Police say they believe they know the identity of the victim.
Investigators are at a house in Latimer where a man's body was found in a freezer early Monday, March 20, 2017. Police say they believe they know the identity of the victim. calee@sunherald.com

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man driving a 2001 gold Cadillac who is a person of interest in the death of a man found dead in his home in a freezer.

A call came in early Monday alerting Jackson County sheriff’s deputies to a body found in a freezer of a home in the Latimer community, Jackson County Sheriff’s spokeswoman, Marcia Hill said.

Deputies got the 6:30 a.m. call from the home in the 14900 block of Althea Street in the Virginia City area of Latimer in west Jackson County.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Sheriff Mike Ezell said the unidentified man they are trying to locate is believed to have left the area. The U.S. Marshals Service is working with Jackson County to locate him.

Ezell identified him only as a “person of interest” in the case.

Ezell said investigators believe the body in the freezer was a tenant in the home on Althea Street in the Virginia City community. But Ezell also left open the possibility the tenant could have subleased the home.

The person of interest also was living the house, Ezell said. The Cadillac belongs to the person who believed to be the victim.

The owner of the home said he last saw the tenant March 3. Investigators obtained video from a nearby store that shows the man wearing the same clothes he was found in. Based on the description of what he was wearing, the Sheriff’s Office believes that is when the victim died.

His identity is being withheld until he is identified.

Neighbors told the Sun Herald that an elderly man had moved into the house a little over a month ago and had spent a lot of time outdoors working on the yard. He told one neighbor that if they saw him fall over while working on the yard to call an ambulance because he had a heart condition.

Neighbors said they hadn’t seen the man in a couple of weeks.

Virginia City is an older neighborhood with a mix of modular, mobile and brick homes, as well as a Katrina cottage.

To report information, call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department at 228-769-3063 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898. Rewards of up $1,000 are available for information leading to an arrest.

Staff writer Margaret Baker contributed to this report.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

  Comments