A dirt road about five miles north of Porterville, just off Highway 45, leads to the area where Nick Naylor was found hanged on Thursday. The road is two miles from Naylor's home, an area scattered with deer camps, is where hunters last spotted Naylor at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. They say he was walking.
Family members reported Naylor missing to authorities around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night.
Investigators say they found Naylor hanged about 150 yards from the road. Family members say each day he would take about a 40 minute walk down the road with his dogs. The same happened Tuesday.
The only difference was that the dogs returned home, Naylor did not.
The question now is why." Kemper County Sheriff Sam Tisdale said it's too early to tell whether or not this is a case of foul play.
"We're still finding evidence and we're putting all of the pieces together and maybe we can get it all wrapped up Tuesday when we get the autopsy back," Tisdale said.
Meanwhile, although hesitant to make assumptions, members of the local NAACP say they are concerned.
"There have been, across the state of Mississippi, a lot of suspicious hangings and this hanging falls in that category, very suspicious," said Tisdale.
The FBI and Mississippi Highway Patrol are now assisting in the investigation. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, pending the conclusion of an autopsy.