DeSoto starts homicide probe in woman's death

By The Associated Press

HERNANDO — DeSoto County authorities said they have launched a homicide investigation into the death of a 50-year-old woman whose skeletal remains were found early in the week.

Sheriff Bill Rasco confirmed Friday that the remains have been identified as Sherri L. Smith, who was reported missing by her family in September.

The Commercial Appeal reports that Smith’s remains were found Tuesday morning by two men who were surveying property.

DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion said that a male acquaintance of Smith’s, who is currently in the county jail on an unrelated charge, is a person of interest in the case. He said that because of the ongoing investigation, authorities are not releasing the man’s identity or his relationship with Smith.