Body Discovered in Pond

Meridian police Capt. Dean Harper confirmed that the body of the white female found Wednesday morning in a pond is that of Jamie Wilkes, who had been missing since Mar. 2.

Harper said a property owner had been draining a pond on Watters Road off Waterview Drive since September and a passerby noticed something suspicious there about 8 a.m. Wilkes' remains were found at the bottom of the pond.

Harper said evidence collected at the scene was sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab for processing and an autopsy has been ordered.