Body Found in Creek

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Officials from the Meridian Police Department received a call at roughly 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in regards to a body being found in a creek near the intersection of 44th Avenue and Terry Street.

"Once officers arrived we did find a male whose identity is currently being withheld pending notification of next of kin," said Capt. James Sharpe.

Sharpe said foul play was not suspected at the time.

"At this time we are investigating it as a general death investigation," explained Sharpe.

Sharpe said an autopsy of the body is tentatively scheduled for Thursday.

"We have scheduled the body to be sent to the Mississippi State Crime Lab for autopsy to determine any other causes of death," said Sharpe.

The unidentified man was found in the middle of creek water. In order to investigate the scene, the Meridian Police Department brought in two members of the dive team to search the water for any type of evidence. Capt. Sharpe said officials believe the body was in the water for a few hours.

"Just for right now, we're looking anywhere in the area of 12 to 24 hours," said Sharpe. "The state crime lab will help us determine a more accurate time of death once we get the autopsy completed."

Sharpe said the autopsy results will likely be prepared by Thursday afternoon.

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