MPD Probes Mysterious Deaths

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Officers and detectives with the Meridian Police Department responded to a suspicious scene at Sowashee Creek near the Frontage Road bridge around noon Wednesday. Reports came in that there were two unidentified men, who appeared to be deceased, lying on the bank. When Meridian Police arrived at the scene, they were able to confirm these reports.

Capt. James Sharpe said the two male appeared to be either white or possibly Hispanic.

Their names were not immediately released, pending notification of next of kin. The cause of death was not immediately known.

"We are going to have the bodies autopsied by the Mississippi State Crime Lab in Jackson to give us a determination as to what the two subjects might have died from," Sharpe said.

Sharpe said the scene will be treated as a homicide during the waiting period.

"At this time there are no obvious signs of foul play, but any time we have deceased subjects we always treat it as if it were a homicide scene," Sharpe said.

Captain Sharpe says once all of the evidence, autopsy results, and toxicology reports are final, they can make a more definite determination. Once all of the results and evidence are final, he said they can downgrade from a homicide if need be.

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