Man arrested after pursuit in Rankin Co. is person of interest in death of Forest woman

The body of 32-year-old Latasha Patrick Johnson was found in a burned vehicle in the Bienville National Forest.

Man arrested after pursuit in Rankin Co. is person of interest in death of Forest woman
Jeremy Chunn was arrested by Rankin Co. authorities on Tuesday. Source: Rankin Co. SO

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A man who was arrested in Rankin County Tuesday has been named a person of interest in the case of a woman who was found dead in a burning car in August.

Undersheriff Raymond Duke said a Rankin County farmer was working on his farm equipment until around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday. The farmer came back this morning to find his tools missing.

After reporting the theft to authorities, he went to a nearby house that was under construction in the Woodbridge Estates neighborhood, and spoke to the workers.

While speaking to the workers, the farmer noticed one of his tools inside the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect has been identified as Jeremy Chunn.

Jeremy Chunn was arrested by Rankin Co. authorities on Tuesday. Source: Rankin Co. SO
Jeremy Chunn was arrested by Rankin Co. authorities on Tuesday. Source: Rankin Co. SO

Undersheriff Duke said Chunn jumped in his vehicle and left the area with the owner of the tools pursuing him.

The owner called authorities, and they pursued Chunn until he crashed on Highway 471 around 12:30 p.m.

Chunn then ran into the woods, but was captured and arrested by Rankin County sheriff’s.

Undersheriff Duke said Chunn’s charges include one count felony evasion, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and three counts of theft.

Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee said Chunn is also a person of interest in the case where the body of 32-year-old Latasha Patrick Johnson was found in a burned vehicle in the Bienville National Forest.

Investigators were able to determine the car belonged to Latasha Patrick Johnson, of Scott County, through the VIN and license plate number. Source: Vickey Turner
Investigators were able to determine the car belonged to Latasha Patrick Johnson, of Scott County, through the VIN and license plate number. Source: Vickey Turner

According to Scott County Coroner Joe Bradford, Johnson’s cause of death was ruled as undetermined by the state medical examiner’s office due to her severe condition.

“Ruled undetermined because of the condition of her body," said Bradford. “It was burned so bad.”

Sheriff Lee said Chunn was initially questioned almost a week after Johnson’s body was found, and now officials will question him again. He added that he plans to interview Chunn in Rankin County on Wednesday.

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