REPORTING OFFICER'S NARRATIVE (Brief narrative of the facts surrounding the offense and the arrest.)
At 8:14 a.m., Dispatch received a 911 call reporting the discovery of human remains at the Lamar Park Lake in Oxford. The caller identified himself as Kyle Parker.
Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Unit 304 (Deputy F. Willits) was dispatched and arrived at the scene at 8:17 a.m. After confirming the presence of possible human remains, R/O notified Dispatch and requested assistance. Reporting Investigators (R/Is) Detectives S. Murphy and E. Parker were assigned and proceeded directly to the scene. At R/Is' request, Coroner’s Inspector L. Johnson and a CSU team were notified to respond to the scene.
R/Is arrived at the scene at 8:35 a.m. and found that R/O had secured the immediate area. Environmental conditions at the scene upon arrival were as follows: Weather: Clear; Ambient Temperature: 68°F / 20° C; Relative Humidity: 78%.
R/O Willits made the following verbal report, which is stated in summary and not verbatim.
R/O was met by witness Kyle Parker (Person 1) and the witness's dog at Lamar Park near the pathway bridge inside the south park boundary, northwest of Country Club Road and Ole Miss Road. Parker escorted R/O to the peninsula in the northwest area of the Lamar Park lake. Parker directed R/O to an object on the north side of the peninsula approximately 100 feet from the lake shore.
R/O observed a plastic bag that appeared to have been torn open. R/O noted a strong odor of decomposition coming from the bag. Upon closer examination of the bag, R/O observed possible human remains. R/O then secured the area and called for backup. Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Unit 207 (Officer D. C. Baxter) and Unit 221 (Officer M. Richards) arrived at the scene at 8:22 a.m. and 8:25 a.m. respectively.
R/O Willits further stated that, to the best of his knowledge, the following personnel had occasion to enter the crime scene area and must be documented by CSU personnel: witness Kyle Parker and himself.
After receiving the report from R/O Willits, R/Is conducted a preliminary inspection of the scene. R/Is observed a large, heavy duty trash bag on the north side of the peninsula in the northwest region of the Lamar Park lake, approximately 100 feet east of the lake's western shore. The bag contained a large item wrapped in brown paper and secured with brown twine. The paper was wet and ripped in one section, revealing what appeared to be decomposing human flesh.
CSU arrived at the scene at approximately 8:44 a.m., and Coroner's Inspector L. Johnson arrived at 8:45 a.m.
Inspector Johnson visually examined the bundle without removing the remaining paper or twine and speculated based on shape, size and the visible portion that the bundle contained an adult torso, most likely a male given the size and apparent shape, but said she could not be sure until the evidence had been processed and the bundles could be unwrapped.
R/Is instructed CSU to collect the package and pack it in ice for submission to the Yoknapatawpha County Coroner's Office in accordance with instructions from Inspector L. Johnson. R/Is additionally instructed CSU to process the area surrounding the package according to standard procedure.
A preliminary search of the area, including along the lake shore, revealed no additional evidence. CSU will conduct a more intensive search of the area and report their findings.
R/Is left the scene at 10:40 a.m. to interview witness Kyle Parker, who had been transported to the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. Before leaving, R/I Murphy instructed CSU to secure the scene prior to leaving that day if processing was not complete at that time, and to assess the feasibility of searching the lake itself for further evidence. CSU to notify R/Is of progress by the end of this date. As of this filing, CSU is still actively processing at the scene.
Evidence remanded into the custody of Forensics Officer T. R. Douglas for transport to the Yoknapatawpha County Coroner's Office for analysis. Any additional evidence found to be submitted directly to the MCL. CSU is expected to submit an inventory of items taken into evidence within fourteen days of this report, with detailed report(s) of their findings to follow at a later date.