Man charged in death of wife, whose skull was found on his property

Published 9:34 pm Thursday, December 27, 2018

IUKA (AP) — A Mississippi man has been charged in the death of his wife, whose skull was found on a property last year.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Russell Leon Lanier was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in Susie Rena Lanier’s death. She was 43 when her husband and step-father reported her missing from a mobile home park in Iuka in June 2017.

A Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office statement says they received a call regarding a man finding what appeared to be a human skull on his property. The skull was later positively identified as Susie Lanier’s. Clothing possibly worn by her was also found. No other human remains were located.

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This week, authorities received additional information relating to the case and charged Russell Lanier. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.