HED:Unidentified man found at Peoples Bank remains in critical

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HED:Unidentified man found at Peoples Bank remains in critical condition

By Michaela Gibson Morris

Daily Journal

Tupelo police are asking for help to identify a man found unconscious outside of a Peoples Bank branch Friday morning.

About 8:30 a.m., workers at the Peoples Bank on Industrial Road discovered the man lying in a flower bed outside the bank, said Tupelo Police Lt. Bart Aguirre. Police suspect he may have been there for a few hours before he was found.

“It’s a suspicious situation,” Aguirre said.

The unidentified man remains in critical condition in intensive care at North Mississippi Medical Center, Aguirre said. He is breathing with the aid of a respirator. His body temperature was below 80 degrees when he was found, but he did not appear to have any serious trauma injuries. He did have some scrapes to his head and hands.

Police have taken the man’s fingerprints to see if they can identify him through the state automated fingerprinting system.

Investigators said they do not know enough to speculate if the man was homeless, but he did not appear to have spent the night outside the bank, Aguirre said.

The black man is described as about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing between 160 and 170 pounds. He has a scruffy beard and medium length hair, Aguirre said. He was wearing blue jeans, Nike shoes, a multi-colored, long sleeve Polo shirt and a quilted overshirt with small blue checks.

On the ground around the man were $14 in crumpled bills and a pack of Newport cigarettes.

The man had a faded tattoo of the letters “PEP” or “PEY” on his right hand, Aguirre said. It appeared to be a homemade tattoo.

Anyone with information on the man’s identity is asked to call Tupelo Police at 841-6491.