Police aren't talking about hidden room

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Police aren't talking about hidden room

Hidden room found on Ole Miss campus

During a renovation of the Physical Plant Shops and Stores building on the University of Mississippi grounds, workers have found a room that has been hidden for years.

Investigators from the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department are searching the room and the surrounding areas of the building, reportedly looking for clues to explain why the room is there and what it was being used for.

Carl Wills, a worker at the site, said that section of the building is closed off, and only YCSD personnel are allowed access.

No information is coming from the Sheriff’s Department at this time, but a witness told Crime Beat there is talk going around the area where the renovation was going on that the room could have something to do with an unsolved murder case from years ago.

Nothing in publicly available documents indicates any murders were committed in the Shops and Stores building or any bodies were ever found in there.

A source who wished to remain anonymous hinted that the discovery could have something to do with the unsolved murder of 20-year-old Kevin Gilmore in the late 1980s.

The source claimed the death of the young college student athlete, whose body was discovered in the area, was somehow connected to the hidden room.

To date, Crime Beat has found nothing to substantiate that claim.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

By Kemper Jones at 8:30 AM