Meridian Star

February 21, 2014

Authorities having trouble identifying body

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Local authorities are still trying to identify a man found dead last week in an old mobile home located on the outskirts of Meridian.

    The man, a black male between the ages of 30 and 40, about 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing close to 300 pounds, is the subject of a homicide investigation by detectives at the Meridian Police Department. The body is at the Mississippi State Crime Lab in Jackson but there was no word when an autopsy would be performed.

    Meridian Police Department Lt. John Griffith said the man was shot multiple times.

    "But that doesn't help us find out who he is," Griffith added.

    Griffith said the photo of the man has been distributed to other law enforcement agencies in hopes the face will be familiar with officers. Griffith said so far there has been no response from other law enforcement agencies.

    "We still have no idea who this man is," said Clayton Cobler, Lauderdale County Coroner. "We could take dental records and DNA from him but without a name we would have no one to compare them."

    Cobler said there were no obvious identifying marks on the body such as tattoos or scars. Cobler said the only physical features on the man were short hair, a thin mustache, and a small goatee.

    "He was a huge man, though," Cobler pointed out. "And I don't mean fat. I mean like pro football player big."

    Cobler estimated the man died 36 to 48 hours prior to being found around 5 p.m. on February 13 in a mobile home located in the 3300 block of Old Marion Road. Authorities said the mobile home appeared to have been empty for quite some time.