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February 2, 2012

3 charged with kidnapping in 2010 slaying

PASCAGOULA, Miss. — More than a year after a Harrison County man was lured from his home and killed, investigators are still making arrests in the case.

Three men were arrested this week and charged with kidnapping, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said. He identified them as Mitchell Burnell Valentine, 31, of Grand Bay, Ala.; Walter Thomas Burrus, 42, of Saucier; and Wendell Perry Eaves, 41, of Gautier.

Bond was set at $50,000 each. They were being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center.

On Nov. 19, agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations arrested and charged Eric Glenn Parker, 31, of Petal, on a murder offense relating to the death of a missing Harrison County man believed to be dead, Byrd said.

"After that arrest we were contacted and became involved in the investigation," Byrd said.

Byrd said MBI has not released the name of the victim.

Byrd said on Dec. 2, 2010, the victim was lured from Harrison County to a home in Gautier.

"There, he was beaten, bound, placed into a trunk of a car and forcibly transported to Forrest County where investigators believe he was killed," Byrd said.

Parker remains at the Forrest County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

MBI spokesman Jon Kalahar said investigators believe the slaying happened in the Hattiesburg and Petal area, but they have failed to locate a body.

"Even without the body, the investigator thinks it's a pretty solid case," Kalahar said.

Kalahar said more arrests are possible.

"There's still a lot of people investigators want to talk to," he said.

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