CORINTH – The body of a man reported missing nearly two weeks

CORINTH – The body of a man reported missing nearly two weeks ago was found Thursday riddled with bullet holes and lying off a county road in southern Alcorn County.

The slightly decomposed body of James Bryant Russell, 39, of Glen was found just before 1 p.m. Thursday near County Road 374 between Glen and Jacinto in the Liberty Hill community.

Russell had been shot at least five times with a .45-caliber handgun.

Alcorn County Medical Examiner Dan Leeth would not speculate as to when the shooting occurred or how long the body had been lying next to the road.

Russell’s body will be sent today to a pathologist in Grenada where an autopsy will be performed.

Russell was reported missing nearly two weeks ago. On March 16, Russell, who made his living as a carpenter, left his home early heading to his work site.

He never showed up.

About 5 p.m. his employer called his home looking for him. After receiving the call, Russell’s girlfriend reported to authorities that she was searching for him.

Later that day she found his 1986 maroon GMC pickup parked on the Wal-Mart Supercenter lot at the intersection of Harper Road and U.S. Highway 72 in Corinth. The truck was unlocked, the keys were in the ignition, and an assortment of tools were left uncovered in the back of the truck. Those were all traits uncommon for him, Russell’s girlfriend told police.

No charges had been levied late Thursday in connection with Russell’s death, though Sheriff Jimmy Taylor was reportedly conducting investigations late into the night.

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