Four people found dead in Lauderdale County

Published: Feb. 21, 2017 at 9:02 AM CST
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Lauderdale County authorities released the names of the four people found dead in a home in Toomsuba Tuesday morning. They are 65-year-old Edna Durr, her daughters, Kiera Durr, 27, and Tomecca L. Pickett, 42, and Pickett's 5-year old son, Owen Pickett. A 3-year-old child was in the home, but not shot.

Authorities are now saying they believe the four were killed sometime Monday evening. They aren't releasing a possible motive, but Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun says investigators do believe the suspect or suspects knew the victims.

Calhoun says the bodies have been taken to Mississippi's state crime lab for autopsies. He says investigators continue to search the property for evidence.

(Original story posted appears below.)

Four people were found shot to death at a residence on Butts Road in Toomsuba Tuesday morning.

A family member who identified himself as Demetrus Durr said the victims were his mother, two sisters and a nephew. He said his niece was found alive. Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler said the girl was physically unharmed. Durr tells us that the girl who was unharmed is three years old.

"On my way out here, I got another phone call from another family member stating that somebody came out here and killed my whole family. My mama, my two sisters, and my nephew," said Demetrus Durr, a family member of the victims.

Neighbors say one of the victims was a five-year-old boy.

Cobler says neighbors called a sheriff's deputy to the home after they didn't see any activity there Monday. Cobler says the deputy found a shattered screen door with a bullet hole.

"For anyone that wants to hurt a child, I don't know what to say," said Irene Hopson, a relative of the victims.

The crime scene unit from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation arrived late Tuesday morning to assist with the case.

Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun stressed there was no danger or threat to any of the schools in the area.

If you have any information, you can call Crimestoppers at (855) 485-TIPS or the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. Investigators say to be patient if they can't talk to you immediately.

This story will be updated.