By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal
BARTAHATCHIE – According to Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell, the body of Harold Wright has been recovered. Law enforcement blocked off a section of Bartahatchie Road late Wednesday afternoon as crews worked to recover his 2004 Ford Edge from a creek bed just east of the Buttahatchee River.
“We’ll be conducting an autopsy at the state medical examiner’s office in Jackson in the morning. He was last seen on April 11 and we believe he may have died around that date, but we’re not sure at this time,” said Monroe County coroner Alan Gurley.
Gurley said it is unclear if Wright died from an accident or from a drowning. Gurley’s office received the call at 5:13 p.m. giving notice of the discovery. According to Gurley, Wright was found inside of his truck with the windows up.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department have taken the lead on the investigation since Wright was reported missing. The case is still under investigation.