Two Mississippi men found a car in Byram City with a “Free Car” sign and the keys in the ignition.
The duo drove the vehicle to nearby Copiah County only to find a body in the trunk when they inspected the car thoroughly, said Copiah County Coroner Ellis Stuart.
Stuart added that the victim was identified as Anthony McCrillis, 34, whose naked body was in the car for several days.
Byram Police Chief David Errington said McCrillis was identified through his tattoos.
Errington said Mccrillis was seen alive as recently as 9 p.m. on Friday, with home surveillance video to verify it.
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He also said Mccrillis’s body had no signs of obvious trauma, and authorities are still working to establish where any crimes occurred to determine who has jurisdiction over the case, as Mccrillis’s vehicle was seen in Byram and Jackson, which are located in Hinds County, in recent days.
Police did not immediately reveal whether the men who found the car were persons of interest. The Washington Examiner reached out to the Copiah County Sheriff’s Office for comment.