MHP Seeks Information about Shootings

The Mississippi Highway Patrol’s Bureau of Investigation is investigating separate shootings that occurred along north Mississippi highways recently.

Officials say 74-year-old Thomas K. Schlender of Raymond, Nebraska, was found Tuesday, May 8, in his car in the median of southbound Interstate 55 in Panola County shortly after 1:30 a.m.

Then, Friday, May 11, Lori Anne Carswell, 48, of Hernando, Miss., was found in her car on the shoulder of MS 713 in Tunica County about 2:15 a.m.

"There are some similarities between the two incidents, mainly the fact they happened alongside a Mississippi highway," said MBI director, Lt. Col. Larry Waggoner. "The concern is that someone is posing as a law enforcement officer and that is how these vehicles end up on the side of the road."

Officials say if someone is concerned and it is not obvious that it is a law enforcement officer initiating the stop, call 911, or *47 to reach the MHP.

A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Anyone who has any information about these crimes may call 1-888-827-4637. The MHP says it doesn't want your name, just your information.


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