Human remains found in Gautier identified as missing man

Christian Burbine has been identified as the man whose partially-decomposed remains were found last week on Dolphin Drive in Gautier, Deputy Coroner Carole Anne Fagan said Tuesday.

Burbine, 29, of Gautier, had been reported missing in early July, the coroner said.

The cause and manner of his death are pending further testing.

Burbine’s body was discovered July 11.

Gautier police are investigating.

To report information, call the Gautier Police Department at 228-497-2486 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898.

Margaret Baker is an investigative reporter whose search for truth exposed corrupt sheriffs, a police chief and various jailers and led to the first prosecution of a federal hate crime for the murder of a transgendered person. She worked on the Sun Herald’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Hurricane Katrina team. When she pursues a big story, she is relentless.