Sheriff: Body hanging in tree identified

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks says a man whose body was found hanging in a tree had a history of mental illness.

He says the man's stepfather identified him Saturday as 26-year-old Frederick Jermaine Carter of Sunflower, in neighboring Sunflower County.

Banks says that Carter's stepfather - a painter - told investigators he and Carter were working in Greenwood on Wednesday when he went to get tools and Carter wandered away.

The sheriff quotes the stepfather as saying Carter had a history of mental illness, including at least one stay in the state hospital.

Banks says the coroner estimates that Carter died at least 24 hours before his body was found Friday.

Banks says Carter apparently hanged himself, but that's not final. He says the body is in Jackson for autopsy.
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