Mississippi cops find headless body in derelict house after dog runs around with human arm in its mouth
Police are now racing to find the victim's head that is still missing and have so far said that the victim was a white man
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JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI: Police discovered several body parts in an old abandoned house after seeing a dog carrying a human arm through the streets. Police said that the body seemed to be that of a white male and they are yet to locate the head. The disturbing incident came to light on Saturday, November 5, when a local driver reported seeing the dog, reportedly a German shepherd, carrying what seemed to be a burned arm in its jaws.
To their horror, investigators discovered a headless body with one of its arms missing on Sunday, November 6, while searching the woods next to an abandoned property surrounded by trees. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said that the victim looked to be a white male, WAPT News reported. The body is currently at the morgue pending further examination.
Officer Abraham Thompson told WJTV on Tuesday afternoon, November 8, that they were still trying to identify the victim and find the head. “We are actively investigating the matter. We do have investigators right now at several locations where they’re following up on all leads,” he added. Although he was unable to confirm whether a German shepherd was the dog who discovered the amputated limb, he did say that a dog was involved. Thompson also said that the victim's name and any other information about the incident were not made public, on Monday, November 7, since the investigation was still underway, even though investigators think they may know the man.
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba expressed his shock at the revelations during a news conference on Monday. Lumumba reportedly said, “That is a very graphic and brutal picture. The mutilation of a body, my reaction is one of disgust, is one of concern. It's not something you grow accustomed to. It's never something you want to grow accustomed to. The way I deal with concern is to ask questions and push forward to how we can bring justice.” Anyone with any information is asked to call JPD's Homicide Unit at (601) 960-1278 or contact Crime Stoppers at (601) 355-TIPS.
Meanwhile, according to a news statement from Deric Hearn, Jackson's deputy police chief, this recent event marks the city's 117th homicide of the year. In a similar incident in 2017, the head of 30-year-old JSU student Jeremy Jerome Johnson was discovered on a porch in Jackson. Later, less than a mile away in a wooded residential neighborhood, his severely charred body was found. That case, which was allegedly linked to a number of homicides committed in the summer of 2017 that was deemed as gang-related crime, still remains unsolved.