By Ray Van Dusen
ABERDEEN – A female body discovered Friday morning in a wooded area off of Peacock Alley has been sent for an autopsy at the state crime lab in Jackson.
Authorities have yet to determine the identity of the body, but one person is in police custody related to the case.
“The body isn’t in the best shape. Limbs were missing, but components of the body were intact. We’ll see if it’s a confirmed match to what we believe if we get the DNA match,” said Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle.
Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley confirmed the discovery of human remains around 11 a.m. Friday by an individual on a search party.
Monroe County law enforcement and residents have been searching for a missing 26-year-old Aberdeen woman, Teresa Ewing, who was last seen by her mother Aug. 25.
The Aberdeen Police Department was joined with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation on Friday afternoon to recover the remains.
Bones also were discovered at a residence on Peacock Alley several yards north of the crime scene. Peacock Alley is on the south side of Aberdeen close to Matubba Street. According to Shannon McKissey, who lives at the house with his sister, he noticed the bones two or three days ago but figured they were deer bones his dogs brought up to the house.
“I never thought anything like this was in the yard. It’s sad to know something like this was under my nose and I didn’t know it,” McKissey said.
Randle confirmed the bones were related to this investigation. He also said charges will be filed related to the discovery of the body. He did not provide information on who is in custody.
Randle hopes to release the identity of the remains today. Gurley said the autopsy will be performed in Jackson at 9 a.m. today.