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Human skeletal remains found in Lauderdale County

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY -

Officials in east Mississippi say they've discovered the skeletal remains of two people missing for several months.

We were on the scene along Espey Road near Meridian Thursday afternoon as authorities identified the bodies. The sheriff calls it a crime scene, and he has a person-of-interest in custody.

Monday of this week, the family of a Lauderdale County woman reported her missing. They told Sheriff's Department officials they hadn't heard from Aketi Sims Washington since May.

The Sheriff's department began investigating, and their search led them to 7643-A Espey Road.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for the trailer and the property.

"One of our investigators uncovered what he believed to be a shallow grave, then a second grave was found," says Sheriff Billy Sollie.

Sheriff Sollie says they began digging around 9:45 Thursday morning and quickly identified one man and one woman.

"The bodies are close together," he says. "The head, or torso, are deeper than the rest of the body. There was some bones partially exposed that could be seen visibly on the ground."

The sheriff identifies the victims as Aketi Sims Washington, the woman who was reported missing Monday. And the second person, according to the sheriff, is Algene Grant. Sheriff Sollie says Grant lived in the trailer on the property. He also says Grant was a sex offender who didn't register in June as he was supposed to, and no one's heard from him since.

The sheriff believes they've been dead since May or June.

Less than a mile up the road, Kevin Henson was doing yard work Thursday. He tells us he's in disbelief two people were killed on his street.

"Now that I know exactly where it's at, my daughter and I, we walk up and down this road for exercise, so it is a little disturbing this close to home," he says.

Sheriff Sollie tells us they have a man in custody, but right now, he's just a person-of-interest. He's being questioned about the crime, but so far has not been charged.

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