Monday, February 24, 2020

More body parts found in surrounding counties

Are they related to the head found in Taylor?

OWP map showing where body parts were foundFollowing on the (ahem) heels of the discovery of a severed head in Taylor on February 22, the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department confirmed today that four more body parts have been discovered in adjoining counties.

Sheriff's Public Information Officer Elizabeth Jones said the body parts were found over the last several weeks.

On January 30, a severed arm was found in a gravel pit in Toccopola in Pontotoc County, east of Oxford.

Twelve days later and 45 miles west, another arm was discovered in Enid Lake between Batesville and Water Valley in Panola County.

Two feet were found 24 miles south-southwest of the Toccopola location and 55 miles southeast of the Batesville location in a Bruce cotton field in Calhoun County.

The feet were found on February 18, just four days before the severed head was discovered near a possible ritual site in Taylor.

Locals shocked

Trevor Gibson, who found the arm in Enid Lake while on his lunch break, was understandably disturbed after making the discovery.

"At first, I thought it was a big snake," the 52-year-old described. "It wasn't moving, so I thought it was dead. I went up to it, and then it was pretty clear that it wasn't no snake. I said to myself, 'Why, that's some fella's arm there.'"

While the YCSD has not publicly confirmed the gender of the head found in Taylor, Jones said the other body parts are believed to be from one or more females.

Jones said that DNA tests are being conducted to determine whether a link exists between any of the body parts.

Serial killer?

While some people have wondered whether these gruesome discoveries are indications that a serial killer is at work in North Mississippi, law enforcement officials across all the involved jurisdictions discount the suggestion.

"If you ask me, this is the work of one sick individual," said Pontotoc County sheriff J. A. Drexel. "Serial killers are for movies and television. We don't have that kind of thing around here."

Sheriff Drexel said no evidence of occult activity was found at the Toccopola scene nor, to his knowledge, at the scenes in Panola and Calhoun counties.

If Sheriff Drexel is correct, what does that say about the rumored evidence of voodoo rituals found in Taylor?

By Kemper Jones at 10:00 AM

 

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In my opinion there is only one body, and this Laurie Daniels was one of the girls who did attend the parties that JC Strong had. I'd like to hear when the Detectives do track down this elusive fella JC Strong.
I truly think he is either...

In my opinion there is only one body, and this Laurie Daniels was one of the girls who did attend the parties that JC Strong had. I'd like to hear when the Detectives do track down this elusive fella JC Strong.
I truly think he is either the killer or at least was involved.

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  Di.
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Thanks cfp. I was getting sidetracked from "the parties". Ithink you may be on to something.
Why would the head be found so obviously? The other parts are scattered around such that the different counties weren't yet trying to match them up. I...

Thanks cfp. I was getting sidetracked from "the parties". Ithink you may be on to something.
Why would the head be found so obviously? The other parts are scattered around such that the different counties weren't yet trying to match them up. I get trying to obliterate any identification, but why leave it in a spot that was so easily found? Why not buried? I know we are going with the voodoo ritual angle, but this seems too obvious. You would still want to cover your tracks...

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  lgillette
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I think the body parts were left in places the killer knew they would be found, perhaps they are playing a game..... also think the witching ground is looking less likely to be connected with the murder

  emzy9989
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I think this is one body so the detectives would not be looking at a serial killer. The other body parts so far - the arms and feet seem to have been hidden a lot better than the head which has kind of been left to be found quite obviously. Maybe...

I think this is one body so the detectives would not be looking at a serial killer. The other body parts so far - the arms and feet seem to have been hidden a lot better than the head which has kind of been left to be found quite obviously. Maybe they have been buried in different counties to lead the detectives on some kind of hunt. This JC Strong really needs to be tracked down and maybe also the short, stocky male who stayed with him for several days.

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  Bec C
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