Man accused of posing as dead boy's father

By The Associated Press

BILOXI — Authorities say a 27-year-old Gulfport man posed as a dead boy’s father to recover his towed car without paying.

Matthew Ladnier IV was jailed Sunday in Harrison County on a misdemeanor false pretense charge. It was not clear if he had an attorney.

Biloxi police investigator Carl Short tells the Sun-Herald that Ladnier was questioned and his truck was towed Thursday after complaints that he was asking people to donate for the funeral of a boy hit by a truck Tuesday.

He says Ladnier was warned against posing as Blake Terrell’s father.

Police say Ladnier was charged after getting his car without paying by telling towing company employees he was Terrell’s father and couldn’t pay for his son’s funeral.