Authorities continuing investigation in girl’s death

Published 6:00 am Monday, November 26, 2001

JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY — No charges have been made yet in thedeath of a Brookhaven girl who will be buried today.

Latasha Lynell White, 22, died of several gunshot wounds to thehead Wednesday morning in her vehicle, which had been pulled offGoodhope Road into a small drive leading to a pasture, saidJefferson Davis Coroner Greg Blackwell.

The rural road was densely-populated; therefore, authorities arestill searching for possible witnesses to the homicide.

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“We still have an ongoing investigation. We’re gathering all theevidence at this point… and with this case, it’s taken a littlelonger than usual,” said Jefferson Davis County Sheriff HenryMcCullum.

White’s boyfriend, Edgar B. Smith, 23, of 215 Poplar Street,Brookhaven, is being held in the Jefferson Davis County Jail, saidBrookhaven Police Chief Arlustra “Pap” Henderson.

“We picked him up Wednesday night for questioning and turned himover to the Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Department,” Hendersonsaid.

Although local authorities are not directly involved in theinvestigation, they are assisting the sheriff’s department whenpossible.

“We’re not working the case, but we will help any way we can,”Henderson commented.

McCullum appreciates the assistance his department has alreadyreceived from the Brookhaven Police Department.

“I want to thank Chief Henderson for the support they’ve giventhis investigation,” McCullum said, also mentioning the help ofMississippi Highway Patrol investigators.

Brookhaven authorities have been helpful by locating possiblewitnesses and connecting them with Jefferson Davisinvestigators.

“They interviewed two witnesses Friday that had knowledge ofsome things that were important to the case,” Henderson said.

White was found in the driver’s seat of her car around noonWednesday by a county road worker bush-hogging the side of theroad, said Blackwell.

Anyone with information about the crime, should call theJefferson Davis County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 792-5169.

White’s funeral was scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at St. JamesM.B. Church with burial in Carver Heights Cemetery.