Murder Investigation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The body parts of a missing Philadelphia woman, Mandy Davis, 23, were found in what authorities are calling a "duffel-type bag'' in a pond Thursday and a man was taken into custody after a stand-off with law enforcement officers.

Dewayne Savell, an auto mechanic, was taken into custody around 9:15 p.m. Thursday after a standoff with police at his mobile home in the Hopewell community.

Davis was last seen at Savell's auto body shop on Sept. 10 after reportedly taking her car there to be repaired. She was reported missing by her parents on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Savell told police he thought someone picked up Davis from his shop after she dropped the car off last week.

Neshoba County Sheriff Glen Waddell said Savell, 34, is being held at the Neshoba County Jail. It was not immediately clear if charges have been filed against Savell.

Waddell said the Mississippi Highway Patrol SWAT team used a device that created a small explosion and smoke before taking Savell into custody.

Authorities blocked off a road leading to the auto body shop Thursday night and heavily armed law enforcement officials converged on the area. Davis' body parts were found in a pond in a remote area along the Pearl River in the Burnside community.


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