Body found in Lincoln County still under investigation

Published 3:53 pm Thursday, March 28, 2024

CASEYVILLE — Human remains found in Caseyville in Nov. 2023 remain at the Mississippi State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said the sheriff’s office continues to wait for results from the Mississippi State Medical Examiner’s Office lab to identify the Caseyville remains. He said he spoke to the crime lab about the case two weeks ago and was told they had not been able to identify the remains. The crime lab does not have a set timeline for when the remains will be identified. 

The case is out of the sheriff’s office hands until the remains can be identified. 

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The Daily Leader initially reported the remains were found near a road leading into a wooded area off of Wooly Trail. Initial information indicated that no one had been to the location since about May 2023. 

Rushing clarified the remains were found on the border of private land and the Homochitto National Forest. Federal land is involved so the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been involved in the investigation since the remains were found. 

Due to the condition of the remains, no further description as to sex, race, or how long they had been at the scene is available without further testing by the state crime lab. Unidentified remains are sent to Mississippi’s State Medical Examiner’s Office where they remain until an identification can be made.

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