Near Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday afternoon, a decapitated body was found in an open field, around a mile away from where the severed head of a young African-American man, belonging to the body, was found on the front steps of a home earlier that day. At a news conference, Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance said the body was severely burned and the identity of the victim could not immediately be determined.
CBS News reported that, Chief Vance, a resident of Jackson, Mississippi discovered the body of the slain man on Saturday afternoon, at around 3 p.m. According to ABC News, Jackson Police Officer Cmdr. Tyree Jones said that the motive for the murder and decapitation of the young black man is still unknown. He did not want “to speculate” whether the murder might be due to gang warfare or rivalry.
Crime Online reported that the head found on the front steps of the house in Jackson looked like it had been “cut at the neck.” The police in Jackson are waiting for the results of a coroner’s report before they say with certainty that the decapitated head found earlier on Saturday belongs to the burned body found in the afternoon and before they officially can confirm the cause of the young man’s death.
Jones said that the murder of the young black man was the 28th homicide so far this year in Jackson, Mississippi, WJTV reported. At least one resident from Jackson, said he believed the murder of the man “was intended as a message.”
Both the open field where the burned and decapitated body was found, and the front steps of the house in Jackson, where the head was discovered, are being investigated as “two separate crime scenes.” Chief Lee Vance said in a tweet on Saturday at 4:16 p.m. that the burned headless human torso was “found on Green Ave. near Grand Ave.”
Continuing, Vance wrote that it could be “assumed” that the burned body was “the remains that were attached to the head.” Vance added that “a formal autopsy” by the medical examiner would “reveal that information.”
Chief Vance said in a statement given to a reporter from WLBT that “rage was an ingredient” for whoever committed the murder. He stated he had never seen a murder involving a person’s head being “torn or cut from a body.”
Police in Jackson, Mississippi, have not revealed if the people who owned the home where the head of the young man was discovered on the front steps had known the victim. If the police are aware of who the victim is, they have not yet released his name.
Jackson, Mississippi police said that while it can be assumed a burned decapitated human body found on Saturday afternoon belonged to the severed head of a young black man found earlier on the front steps of a house in Jackson, they are waiting on an autopsy report from the coroner before they can be 100 percent certain the head belongs to the body. There have not been any arrests made in connection with the murder, and the police do not know what the motive was for killing the unidentified man.
By John Samuels
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