HINDS COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — The man found dead after his car submerged in a Hinds County lake was wanted for questioning in a suspicious death investigation, police said.
The Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart identified the 71-year-old man as Robert Paige.
The crash happened near Lebanon Pinegrove Road off of Highway 18 Friday morning.
Jackson Police said Paige was wanted for questioning in the case where human remains were found on Greenwood Avenue.
Hinds County Sheriff’s Department Major Pete Luke said the driver left the roadway and the vehicle went under water. Luke said crews were able to pull the car out of the water, and the person inside was deceased.
Coroner Stewart also said the address listed on Paige’s license is the same location where the skeletal remains were found on Thursday.
Officers said the remains were located by new property owners that were on scene cleaning. The remains were found in a blue tarp.
JPD said that the skeletal remains are from an unidentified middle-aged white man. They believe he died from a gunshot wound to the head. The time of his death is still unknown. Authorities are still investigating.