Brant Clemons, 19, and 20-year-old Grantham Steve have confessed to the murder of 42-year-old Pauline Morris-Williams. The confessions came when Clemons was arrested by Neshoba County authorities on an unrelated burglary charge.
According to investigators, the two say last August they hit Williams over the head, tied her hands behind her back and threw her over a bridge just off County Road 155 near the Leake County line.
Although Clemons and Steve say the murder happened last August, Neshoba County Sheriff Larry Myers says Williams' family did not report her missing until January of this year. He says initially relatives thought Williams had returned to her second home in Florida.
Meanwhile, although authorities have confessions, the one thing they do not have is a body.
"On Friday we conducted an extensive search of the area with the Choctaw Police Rescue Team and divers walked through the creek which is two to three feet deep. We walked approximately two miles. We're going to search and it's still under investigation. We'd like to find the body, and of course, you're talking about a year and four months and the chance of finding the bones or anything of value is slim," says Sheriff Larry Myers.
Myers said he has contacted the FBI for assistance in the search. Meanwhile, although investigators have learned that at least one of the men was related to Williams, Myers said a probe into the exact motive continues.
Clemons and Steve remain in the Neshoba County Jail on $750,000 bond each. Their cases are expected to come to Neshoba County Circuit Court in July. If found guilty, both could face up to life in prison.