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 Man Killed Before Being Set On Fire
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Posted: Apr 13 2012, 03:28 PM


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http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20120...ext%7CFRONTPAGE


Man killed before being set on fire


A man whose body was found burning early Wednesday morning in Jackson has yet to be identified.

The man appeared to have been beaten and strangled before being set on fire, an autopsy shows. He was around 5 feet, 5 inches tall and about 115-120 pounds, Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said.

The body is the second unidentified male found slain in the city since Sunday. However, in the first case authorities and family members suspect the victim is Johnny "Buddy" Chambers because of tattoos on the body and shoes and a key ring found with it. Chambers has been missing since April 1.

A pedestrian found the body while walking at Butts Parks Sunday afternoon. The victim had been shot once in the neck and appeared to have been dead for several days, Grisham-Stewart said. DNA testing will be used to help make an identification, authorities have said.

In the second case, Jackson police spokeswoman Colendula Green said the department has not received recent reports of missing residents who could be linked to the body.

Chief Arson Investigator Gregory Travis said the body was found when the fire department was called to a brush fire at 1:11 a.m. on Forest Avenue near Methodist Home Road.

Firefighters responded to two more calls Wednesday in which the fires appeared to be set. They don't, however, believe there is any connection.

As firefighters were leaving the scene where the body was found, they were called to a house fire at 3112 Tudor St. The house appeared to be occupied, but nobody was home at the time.

"We have not been able to make contact with the owner or the occupant of the property," Travis said earlier Wednesday.

That fire is under investigation by Jackson Police Department, Jackson Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Travis said.

Shortly thereafter, a fire broke out at the Quick Stop on Robinson Road near I-20.

"Right now we don't have a lot of information to share with the general public on that," Travis said.
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UPDATE: The Hinds County Coroner, Sharon Grisham Stewart, says that the autopsy of the burned body is complete.

The cause of death is blunt force trama and strangulation.

The body has still not be identified, but the victim has been determined to be a black male of small frame, about 5'5" to 5'9", and weighing about 115-120 pounds.





We are continuing to follow a gruesome discovery made by Jackson firefighters this morning.

Firefighters were called to a brush fire, but it turned out to be a body that was burning.

It happened just after 1 AM this morning on Forest Avenue near Methodist Home Road. When firefighters got to the scene and put out the fire, they discovered it wasn't just grass burning, it was a body. jackson Police and the coroner were called. All they can determine right now is that the body is that of a man. He was burned so badly that his race could not be established.

We'll have more for you as information becomes available.
http://www2.wjtv.com/news/2012/apr/11/2/bu...red-ar-3586505/
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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart confirmed that the body found in a brush fire Wednesday morning is a homicide.

She says the victim died of blunt force trauma to the head and strangulation before he was burned. The body hasn't been identified.

Firefighters found the man's body in a brush fire around 1:15 Wednesday morning. The body was found on Forest Avenue Extension near Methodist Home Road.

Investigators describe the body as 'charred to a crisp'. Any clothing or personal items that could have been on the victim were burned to ashes.

Dental records or DNA will have to be used to identify him.

Jackson police spokeswoman Colendula Green said the man's body was located in a grassy area, about 15 feet from Forest Avenue Ext. Police were called to investigate the burned body after fire crews arrived on scene.

"It's very unusual to find a body like this, it's unfortunate for the family, but we will definitely investigate this case and hopefully everything will pan out," said Officer Green.

Police are checking missing person reports to see if they can find the identity of the man.

This murder marks Jackson's 20th homicide this year.
http://www.wlbt.com/story/17381797/body-found-in-brush-fire
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