PERRY COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - Law enforcement officers discovered human bones Thursday as more than 40 officers combed through a thick wooded area near the Little Creek community of Perry County.
They were looking for evidence in connection to a human skull found on New Year’s Eve by a deer hunter.
Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles said the bones were found early Thursday afternoon shortly after the group had wrapped up a search in another area.
“We searched one side of the road where the skull was found and we went all the way to another road and back and didn’t come across anything,” Nobles said. “Then we made a decision to search the other side of the road, and during that search, we did discover some more human bones. Our investigators are out here, they are going to do a collection of the evidence, and once the coroner gets here, he’ll take it from here to the crime lab.”
Nobles went on to say that hopefully, along with tips from the community and DNA results, they will be able to identify the victim.
Those assisting in the search were officers and members from more than a dozen agencies from around the Pine Belt, including Forrest and Perry County District Attorney Investigators, Forrest and Perry County Metro Task Force, Perry County and Jones County EMA, Richton Volunteer Fire Department, Wayne County Volunteer Fire Department, Calhoun Volunteer Fire Department, Runnelstown Volunteer Fire Department, New Augusta Volunteer Fire Department, Perry County Supervisor Bobby Ray Bolton of District 1 and USM Biological Anthropologist students Joanna Klein, Casey LeJeune, Amy Hair and Noah Cummings.
This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information concerning this case is encouraged to contact the Perry County Sheriff’s Department.