Accomplished, Civil Rights Era FBI agent dies - - Jackson, MS

10/13/08 Madison

Accomplished, Civil Rights Era FBI agent dies

An FBI agent who oversaw investigations into some of Mississippi's most notorious Civil Rights-Era killings has died.

Roy K. Moore died Sunday in a Madison nursing home of complications from pneumonia and other ailments. He was 94.

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover sent Moore to Mississippi in 1964 after the disappearance of Civil Rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman.

The investigation was depicted in the 1988 movie, "Mississippi Burning."

Moore established the FBI's full-fledged bureau in Mississippi. He retired in 1974.

Services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland.

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