Meridian Star

February 8, 2014

Skeletal remains found


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — By Brian Livingston

blivingston@themeridianstar.com

    

    Workers planting pine tree saplings off of Old Highway 19 South just past Camp Binachi Road Friday afternoon discovered skeletal remains.

    Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie said in a telephone interview Friday that the workers found the remains at about  3:30 p.m.

    LCSD deputies and investigators, along with personnel from the Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency, and Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler were on the scene shortly thereafter.

    Cobler said the remains appeared to be that of a black woman and that it had not yet been determined how long the remains had lain in the thick brush. No estimate of the woman's age was given.

    Cobler said the bones are being sent to the Mississippi State Crime Lab in Jackson.

    Sollie said the bones were found about 30 yards off a dirt road that ran along a growth of two-year-old pines and about a half mile from the 3700 block of Old Highway 19 South.

    "We are close to the Alabama line," Sollie said in the telephone interview. "The brush and briars were at least waist high."

    Sollie said there were no apparent indications of foul play. Sollie hopes DNA testing to be performed at the Mississippi State Crime lab will offer clues to the woman's identity. That testing could take months to complete, he said.