Lafayette County coroner searching for family of dead man

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy is asking for help in locating the family of a man who died three days before Christmas.

Kennedy tells the Oxford Eagle that 54-year-old Robert Allen Wilkins died of natural causes on Dec. 22 in the Waterford community.

Kennedy says Wilkins was homeless in Memphis when he came to Lafayette County a few years ago to stay with friends.

Kennedy is seeking family to claim Wilkins’ body before having to ask the board of supervisors to pay for Wilkins’ cremation under the county’s pauper burial ordinance.