Authorities investigate apparent beating death

By HANK WIESNER and KEDRICK STOREY / Southern Sentinel

RIPLEY – Tippah County authorities continued an investigation triggered by the weekend discovery of a man’s body near Hell Creek Wildlife Management Area in Blue Mountain.
The body of an unidentified white male, between 5-foot-9 and 6-feet tall, weighing 185-200 pounds and believed to be between the ages of 55-65, was found by hunters Saturday near the Union County line.
The cause of death hasn’t been determined, but the subject appeared to have been severely beaten.
Officials on Monday said no identification was found on the body. The subject had brown-silver hair, a tattoo with the letters BWF on his right bicep, and what is believed to be an open-heart surgery scar on his chest.
The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Pearl for autopsy. Authorities hope to have autopsy results by the end of the week.
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information should contact the Tippah County Sheriff’s Department at 837-9336, and ask to speak with Investigator Jason Willis.