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Coroner identifies missing man found dead behind a Gulfport Dollar Store

A man found dead behind the Dollar General store on Creosote Road has been identified as a 29-year-old Gulfport man.

Cory Cowick’s death has been ruled accidental, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Thursday. He gave no details on how Cowick died.

He had been reported missing on Monday, the day before his body was found, police Sgt. James Griffin said.

Griffin tweeted an alert about the discovery at 4:32 p.m. Tuesday.

Griffin said investigators and the coroner’s office were trying to figure out what happened and how the he wound up behind the store.

The investigation shows his death involved no criminal acts.

Suspicious deaths typically are investigated as a homicide unless evidence indicates no foul play was involved.

It’s the second suspicious death investigation reported by police since early Sunday, when Shawn Taylor Jr. was shot to death on Klein Road in the city’s Orange Grove area. Taylor was 23. A suspect has not been identified.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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