Body found in Pearl River identified

UPDATE: Authorities have identified the person found in the Pearl River Thursday.

Reservoir Police said 67-year-old Phillip Wayne Jeffress was pulled out of the river.

Authorities said it appears that he was fishing and went overboard.

There are no indications of foul play at this time.

The body has been sent to the crime lab for autopsy. The investigation is ongoing.

RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Authorities pulled a body out of the Pearl River Thursday morning.

The coroner tells WJTV that he was called to respond near Tommy’s Trading Post along Highway 43.

Reservoir Police said a man’s body was found around 9:18 a.m. They received a call about a boat drifting between Ratliff Ferry and House Boat Island. They received a second call about a body near the boat.

The body was taken to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

The man’s name has not been released.

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