Missing woman’s son jailed on murder charge after body found

Clark Raines
Clark Raines

Clarke Raines, 34, has been arrested on charges of murder and fraudulent use of a credit card in the midst of a months-long search for his mother, Kay Atkins Raines, who disappeared in late January after she left work at the Home Depot in Gulfport.

Mobile police said they went to the Raines home Jan. 28, when someone there reported her missing. Clarke and Kay Raines shared the same address, police records show.

Clarke Raines was arrested Tuesday after a body was recovered Monday from a wooded area of neighboring Baldwin County. Donald Wallace, public information officer for the Mobile Police Department, said the state Forensic Science Department in Mobile is working to identify the body. He did not know how the body was discovered.

Kay Raines, 68, liked to spend time at Coast casinos. She was staying at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino before she went to work for the last time at Home Depot. Police in Mobile have said they believe Raines made it back to Mobile after she left work. The Biloxi Police Department has been assisting with the missing-persons investigation.

A co-worker described Raines as a “private person” who was friendly and cared about her job.

Her son had been in trouble with the law before, the Mobile County jail docket shows. He was arrested in 2014 for criminal mischief.

He was arrested Tuesday with 13 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Wallace said he did not know whose credit card or cards Raines was using.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99