JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The man found dead in a creek in Jackson has been identified.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart identified the man as 38-year-old Jason Jones.
Jackson police found Jones’ body at the intersection of Galvez Street and Officer Thomas Catchings Sr. Drive after a pedestrian spotted the body and called police around 7:30 a.m.
According to police, the body was submerged in water. The Jackson Fire Department dive team responded to the scene to help with the recovery.
Neighbors in west Jackson woke up to flashing lights, police cars and fire trucks on their street.
“I got up this morning and they called me and they said they found somebody in the creek dead. I didn’t see no car or nothing over there,” said a neighbor who lives near the creek.
Jackson police say someone was walking in the area when they found the body.
“We don’t know, at this time, if this was someone who was fatally injured or if this may have been an accident, we just don’t know. If anybody may know something else, we always encourage the public to call in and supply us with the info,” Sgt. Roderick Holmes said.
Family members and friends say Jones had been missing for weeks before his body ended up in this creek.
“At this point we don’t know if this is going to be an individual who was reported missing, unfortunately we do have people who are reported missing all the time. That doesn’t mean they are in any danger. That means the family doesn’t know where the people are. Again, as far as this being gun related, we just don’t know,” said Holmes.
Residents say they are disturbed by the news and hope people come forward with information that could help in this investigation.
“I am always sad when someone loses a life because this man is someone’s family,” said resident Janice Fields.