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UPDATE: Hancock supervisor Cuevas found dead

A county supervisor who committed suicide Wednesday afternoon had been expected to turn himself in on a larceny charge before he took his own life.

Officials said Supervisor Jay Cuevas, 50, was found dead in an outbuilding at his home on Firetower Road. The nature of his death has not yet been disclosed.

Cuevas' death was officially confirmed about 3 p.m. by Hancock County Attorney Ronnie Artigues. “All I know for sure is that he committed suicide near his house,” Artigues said.

Jan Schaefer, a spokesperson for the Mississippi Attorney General's Office in Jackson, said an investigator from her office had an arrest warrant for Cuevas on a petit larceny charge. Cuevas had agreed to meet the investigator at the Hancock Sheriff's detention facility on Longfellow Road and be arrested there.

Further details on the warrant for Cuevas were not released.

“When he did not come to the jail, our investigator went to his home, where he found Mr. Cuevas in the barn, deceased,” Schaefer said.

Cuevas was in his third term as District 5 representative. In 2007, he had been arrested on a shoplifting charge in Grand Isle, La. He paid a fine and performed community service in that misdemeanor case.

This story will be updated in Thursday's Sun Herald.

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