Dead Bodies Identified

Two people found dead on the banks of Sowashee Creek May 5 have been positively identified.

The Meridian Police Department said they are 45-year-old Christopher K. Williams, of Meridian, and 56-year-old, Gary Brown Haire of Water Valley, Miss.

The names had been withheld pending verification and notification to their next of kin.

The MPD said it found no apparent causes of death found at the scene when it was processed for evidence.

The Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson conducted the autopsies on the bodies, and based on the preliminary autopsy results, no official causes of death were determined.

Officials were able to rule out physical beating, shooting, or stabbing as the cause. Officials say that toxicology evidence may provide the answer.

Anyone who has information about the deaths may call the Meridian Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 601-485-1859 or Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860.

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