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Body Found In Clay County Creek

Posted by R.H. Brown | July 19, 2012 / 03:18pm | Top Story

CLAY COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) -- The body of a white male is discovered floating on Catalpa Creek in the Tibbee community in southwestern Clay County.

Sheriff Eddie Scott says investigators think the body had been in the water between three and five days but they have little more to go on.

"It doesn't match any missing persons reports we've been able to find or anything," Scott said. "We're waiting on DNA testing and other evidence from the state Crime Lab. Hopefully that'll give us some direction.

"We can't even tell anything about the possible cause of death at this point," scott added.

It's the second body found in the area this month.

The body, which was badly decomposed and had suffered damage from animals in the water, was found Wednesday by fishermen.

"Well I don't know, I can't think right now. I'm still kind of shook up from that," said Cora Edwards, who found the body while fishing Wednesday.

Edwards of West Point will never forget what she and her fishing companion found while paddling up Catalpa Creek Wednesday morning.

"I said hell, we gonna keep on, we going to run up on a body down here. I, you know said it for a joke," said Edwards.

Moments later, Edwards' worst fears were realized.

There *was* a body in the water.

Investigators don't have much to go on.

"The body was all swollen. Pants down, you know. Didn't look like it had any arms on it. But it was a human. Its was a terrible sight. I never want to see nothing like that again," said West Point resident John Henry Gallins, who was with Edwards.

"I said, we were turning that boat around so fast we likely turned it over trying to get out of there," said Edwards.

"We come up out of there. We didn't even get to fish yesterday."

Edwards says she will continue fishing at that location.

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