Man Found in Newton County Creek

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

A man was found dead in a creek near Lawrence, Miss., Thursday. apparently died of natural causes.

"We received a call around 1:30 by a driver saying they thought they saw the body in the creek," said Sheriff Jackie Knight. "After they called the sheriff's office, deputies were dispatched to the scene."

Once at the creek, deputies did find Darnell Nash, a man in his 40s, who was a lifelong Newton County resident. At this time, it is believed Nash died of natural causes.

"Darnell has a history of seizures, and right now we believe he had a seizure and fell in the creek," said Knight. "We will know more when we get the results of the autopsy."

The creek is highly visible from the road as it's located right off of Highway 80 between Lawrence and Interstate 20.

Nash was at the creek fishing with his brother and a friend. An hour before he was found, they left him near the road and moved farther down the water.

"They didn't know anything about it until someone stopped and a crowd started gathering around. There was fishing equipment on the bank, three poles set out; there were fish on the bank where he had caught some fish," said Knight.

The sheriff says Nash's body has been sent to Jackson to for an autopsy.

Along with the sheriff's department, representatives of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene, as well as the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and Newton County Emergency Management.


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