Body found at Luxapalila Creek Recreation Area

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Lowndes County authorities say the body of a 34-year-old man has been found at a popular local park.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant says a fisherman found upon the body of Alfonso Lathan Jr. on Saturday near the boat landing at the Luxapalila Creek Recreation Area off Mississippi Highway 69. Merchant says Lathan appeared to have been shot, and a trail of evidence led from the bathrooms to the river bank.

An autopsy has been ordered.