Gulfport police are looking for 44-year-old Eli Martinez Medina, considered armed and dangerous, after the death of a man in the woods off 26th Avenue, just north of downtown.
The deceased man was identified Monday afternoon as Frederick Plummer, 39, of Gulfport. Plummer was assaulted with a machete, police say.
Chief Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer said the body has wounds consistent with a machete attack, but the cause of death will be determined by an autopsy in Jackson.
Police believe Medina might be in the company of Leila Darlene Lizana, 42. Chief Leonard Papania said she is wanted for questioning in the case.
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Police discovered the body in the woods Sunday evening after an assault was reported. Police have a warrant for Medina’s arrest on a charge of murder.
Medina was previously been arrested in Gulfport in October and held briefly in the Harrison County on a contempt charge for failure to appear in court. The charge was passed to the files, jail records show.