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Search suspended for possible second murder victim in Leaf River

According to Jones County Sheriff’s Department Administrator Lance Chancellor, the Jones County...
According to Jones County Sheriff’s Department Administrator Lance Chancellor, the Jones County Search and Recovery Dive Team, along with JCSD, are at the State Route 590 bridge after receiving tips about a possible body that was dumped around the same time as Brittany Nicole Holifield.(Jones County Sheriff's Department)
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 12:10 PM CDT
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JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - Search operations by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department on the Leaf River have been suspended after several hours of searching.

The search was initiated by tips and leads to Jones County Crime Stoppers and to Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin regarding a second possible murder victim supposedly thrown into the Leaf River.

Investigators are seeking to determine the name of the possible victim.

According to the JCSD, no missing person reports have been filed.

“We continue to run down leads and follow-up on information we are receiving with regard to a second possible murder victim,” notes Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin. “Should you have any information that may be pertinent, please call JCSD at 601-425-3147 or Jones County Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP (7867).”

Holifield’s body was found last Sunday near the MS-590 bridge and boat ramp, and after an autopsy report from the Mississippi Crime Lab, it was determined she died due to blunt force trauma to the head.

Marty Breazeale, 48, of Laurel, was considered the suspect involved in Holifield’s death and was arrested by JCSD early Tuesday morning after responding to a suspicious person’s complaint near Bok Homa Casino. He was denied bond during his initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court Wednesday.

Chancellor says JCSD has not confirmed the reports to be true since callers who reported the matter have not been able to give them a name.

The sheriff’s department conducted underwater, scuba diving operations, surface water searches and bank searches.

The Jones County Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks also assisted with the search.

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