A body discovered Wednesday night in Greene County has been identified as missing teen, Brian Parker, according to the Greene County and Mobile County sheriff’s offices.
Authorities found the body on an old logging trail off Mississippi 63 in Greene County, Greene County Sheriff Stanley McLeod said. Authorities immediately suspected the body was Parker because the clothing on the body matched the clothing Parker was last seen wearing.
An autopsy is pending at the Mississippi State Crime Lab to determine the cause of death, though the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office has already classified the killing as a homicide.
Video surveillance from the Dollar General store in Lucedale captured footage on May 23 of the last known sighting of Parker, 16, authorities said.
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The footage shows Parker with a family friend, identified as Matthew Moberg, who was arrested in Mobile County last week on charges of obstruction, eluding police, burglary, and a probation violation. He is being held without bond in Mobile County.
Moberg, authorities said, gave inconsistent statements after his arrest regarding Parker’s whereabouts. In addition, authorities found Parker’s phone in Moberg’s vehicle.
Parker had been reported missing in Wilmer, Alabama, in the last week.
Greene County Sheriff Stanley McLeod said additional charges are expected to be filed against Moberg in Greene County some time later in the week. Other arrests are also expected, authorities said.
Moberg has a history of run-ins with law enforcement.
In February, Moberg was released from an Alabama prison on probation for conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, according to Mobile authorities.
In that case, Mobile investigators said Moberg and an accomplice had a detailed plan to kidnap Moberg’s ex-girlfriend and kill her new boyfriend. In 2014, Moberg was sentenced to 20 years on those charges, with three years to serve followed by five years probation. He was released early.