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YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

Investigating Officer(s): Det. T. Armstrong, Det. S. Murphy
Incident No.: 001316-26D-2014
Case Description: John Doe homicide investigation

In response to a request from the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department seeking information about any discoveries of severed human body parts within the last 4-6 weeks, the Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department provided a copy of this incident report.


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| Case Information | Person 1 | Person 2 | Evidence/Property | Reporting Officer's Narrative |


 INCIDENT
     ___ Juvenile
     ___ Senior Citizen
     ___ Gang

PONTOTOC COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
18 S Liberty Street
Pontotoc, MS 38863

Incident Report

 

 CASE NUMBER:
  03D2014-00948
Date Reported:
  4-3-2014
 Time Reported:
  10:14 AM
 Location of Offense(Exact address, include Room/ Apt. No.)
  Odom & Son Gravel Pit
  325 Bishop Street
  Toccopola, Mississippi
 Location Notes(additional information)
  arm located in sand pit 1/2-mile west of Bishop Street
 Reporting Officer:
  Deputy Bruce Needham
 Unit Number:
  4241
 Assisting Officer:
  N/A
 Unit Number:
  N/A

 

PERSON 1
 Type:
 Victim
 Category:
 Adult
 Foul Play Suspected
 Yes
 Name:
 Jane Doe #9
 Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
 unknown
 Vic/Offender Relationship
 unknown
 Race
 unknown
 Height
 unknown
 Weight
 unknown
 Hair
 unknown
 Eyes
 unknown
 Sex
  F
 Hat
 N/A
 Jacket/Coat
 N/A
 Shirt
 N/A
 Pants
 N/A
 Skirt/Dress
  N/A
 Age
     unknown
 DOB
 unknown
 Soc. Security #
 unknown
 Scars/Marks/Tattoos
 cannot be determined at scene
 Injury Extent
 only left arm recovered
 Injury Description
 left arm severed in shoulder area
 Address
 unknown
 Res Phone unknown
 Bus Phone unknown
 Occupation
 unknown
 Employer/School
 unknown
 Employer Address
 unknown

 

PERSON 2
 Type:
 Complainant
 Category:
 Adult
 Foul Play Suspected
 N/A
 Name:
 Miles Odom
 Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
 none
 Vic/Offender Relationship
 unknown
 Race
 White
 Height
 5' 6"
 Weight
 150 lbs.
 Hair
 Black
 Eyes
 Brown
 Sex
 M
 Hat
  none
 Jacket/Coat
 tan
 Shirt
 black
 Pants
 blue denim jeans
 Skirt/Dress
 N/A
 Age
     39
 DOB
 6/1/1974
 Soc. Security #
 XXX-XX-XXXX
 Scars/Marks/Tattoos
 none visible
 Injury Extent
 none observed at scene
 Injury Description
 N/A
 Address
 CR 200, Hwy 334, Toccopola, MS
 Res Phone 489-XXXX
 Bus Phone 489-XXXX
 Occupation
 Co-owner
 Employer/School
 Odom & Son Gravel Pit
 Employer Address
 325 Bishop Street, Toccopola, MS

 

ITEMS OF EVIDENCE/PROPERTY RECOVERED
 (1)  Type
     ___  Damaged
     ___  Lost
     ___  Recovered
     ___  Stolen
     _X_  Taken into Evidence
 Item Description

  03D2014-00948-01: One (1) severed left arm, apparently female*

* Arm remanded to custody of Coroner.

 (2)  Type
     ___  Damaged
     ___  Lost
     ___  Recovered
     ___  Stolen
     _X_  Taken into Evidence
 Item Description

  03D2014-00948-02 through 03D2014-00948-07: Six (6) samples of sand covering the arm*

* Samples remanded to custody of CSU.

 (3)  Type
     ___  Damaged
     ___  Lost
     ___  Recovered
     ___  Stolen
     _X_  Taken into Evidence
 Item Description

  03D2014-00948-08 through 03D2014-00948-13: Six (6) samples of sand underneath the arm*

* Samples remanded to custody of CSU.

 (4)  Type
     ___  Damaged
     ___  Lost
     ___  Recovered
     ___  Stolen
     _X_  Taken into Evidence
 Item Description

  03D2014-00948-14 through 03D2014-00948-21: Eight (8) samples of sand from the area surrounding the arm*

* Samples remanded to custody of CSU.

 

 REPORTING OFFICER'S NARRATIVE(Brief narrative of the facts surrounding the offense and the arrest.)

At 10:14 a.m., Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting the discovery of what appeared to be a human arm on the Odom & Son Gravel Pit property. The caller identified himself as Miles Odom, co-owner of the property.

Pontotoc County Sheriff's Unit 4241 (Deputy Bruce Needham) was dispatched and arrived at the scene at 10:25 a.m. Environmental conditions at the scene upon arrival are as follows: approximate exterior temperature 69°F/21°C; approximate relative humidity: 63%.

Upon arrival, R/O was met by an adult white male, who identified himself as Miles Odom (Person 2). Person 2 told R/O that he had been working the west side of the gravel pit when he uncovered what looked like a human arm. Person 2 said he returned to the company's office and contacted 911.

After giving his account of the discovery, Person 2 then escorted R/O to a location on the west side of the company's property, approximately 1/2-mile south of Bishop Street. At that location, R/O observed what appeared to be a human arm partially buried in the gravel. Closer examination confirmed that the arm was human.

At 11:00 a.m., R/O notified Central and requested a CSU team and a Coroner's unit be notified to respond to the scene.

While waiting for the additional personnel to arrive, R/O secured the area and conducted a visual inspection of the surrounding area. R/O could find no indications that any other parts of the body were present.

Coroner's Inspector Jefferson MacDonald arrived at the scene at 11:21 a.m. Upon confirming the arm was human, Inspector MacDonald withdrew from the scene until CSU could complete processing.

CSU arrived at the scene at 11:28 a.m. and began processing the scene. R/O informed CSU that, to the best of his knowledge, the following personnel had occasion to enter the crime scene areas and may be excluded by CSU personnel: Miles Odom, Coroner's Inspector Jefferson MacDonald and himself.

After CSU had photographed the arm in situ and removed the gravel covering it, Inspector MacDonald conducted a closer examination.

Inspector MacDonald noted the arm appeared to be that of an adult white female and that it had been separated from the torso in the shoulder area but was otherwise intact. Inspector MacDonald observed a possible ligature mark around the wrist.

Inspector MacDonald gave a preliminary estimate that the arm had likely been severed 3-6 days prior to the time of discovery, but said autopsy results would provide a more substantiated estimate.

Inspector MacDonald stayed with the CSU team to protect the integrity of the arm until it could be extracted from the scene without affecting other evidence processing. The arm was remanded into the custody of Coroner's Inspector Jefferson MacDonald. The arm was removed from scene at 12:45 p.m. and transported to the coroner's office for autopsy.

CSU completed their processing at 2:11 p.m. Evidence remanded into the custody of CSU for transport to the Crime Lab for routine analysis.

R/O left police tape in place marking the crime scene, and instructed Person 2 that the area was not to be disturbed until the Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department notifies him that the scene has been release. Person 2 agreed to leave the area undisturbed.

R/O departed the scene at 2:37 p.m.

 

 DEFENDANT'S VERSION/REMARKS(What did the defendant say?)

 N/A

 

 REPORTING OFFICER  Bruce Needham  DATE REPORTED  4-3-2014
 REPORTING OFFICER  //Bruce Needham
 Signature
 4241
 Unit Number
 4-3-2014
 Date
 ASSISTING OFFICER  
 Signature
 
 Unit Number
 
 Date
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  • Since this happened about two or three weeks before our story, I wonder if they have done DNA reports and what the coroner came up with. I hope we find out.

  • I do a bit of thinking regarding this story, and the original incident report had the head listed as john doe. And the head in the bucket had long white hair, I don't recall it having been listed as blonde.
    Whatever the liquid was, it would have bleached the hair white. I recall reading that the liquid was eroding the skull.
    Now we know that the person had been tied up because of the ligature mark on the wrist.
    I find it hard to believe that the ritual had been a party for 2, and that, others were involved. :(

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