Update: Burned body found inside vehicle along South Drive

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UPDATE: 4/1/2020 3:00 p.m.

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – According to the Jackson Police Department, further investigation has determined that the death of Johnny Harris did not occur within Jackson, where his vehicle was found burned on South Dr. The incident is believed to have occurred within Richland. The Richland Police Department is now leading this investigation.

We would like to take a moment to thank the United States Marshal, Fugitive Task Force for helping us track down a very dangerous suspect. The Marshals were able to apprehend Jacob Kane Dillion who was hiding out in Louisiana. Dillion was wanted in connection with the recent murder of Johnny Lee Harris in Richland. Dillion fled the state after he became aware the Richland Police Department was attempting to arrest him in connection with the murder. The Marshal’s Service acted very quickly; we are grateful for their assistance.
Also arrested in connection with the murder of HARRIS was Anna Marie Abbott. While Dillion was charged with murder, Abbott has been charged with accessory after the fact. Dillon and Abbott are being held at Rankin County Jail and their cases will be presented to the grand jury.
Thanks also to the Jackson Police Department for their assistance with this case.

Richland Police Department

UPDATE: 2/26/2020 4:43 p.m.

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Jackson Police Department said an autopsy revealed that the body that was found in a burned car was shot. Investigators believe that was the victim’s cause of death.

Police said the victim was a man, but he has not been identified.

The case is being investigated as a homicide.


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Jackson Police Department is investigating a death after a body was found burning inside a vehicle Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to a vehicle on fire in a wooded area along South Drive and Dixon Road in Jackson. The discovery of the body was made just after 12:30 p.m. when the fire was extinguished.

According to Sgt. Roderick Holmes, once authorities arrived to the scene the car was completely engulfed in flames, so there was no way to identify if the victim was male or female.

The car has been taken to the state crime lab for further examination.

Jackson Police and the Jackson Fire Department Arson Unit are actively investigating the incident to determine if the death was foul play or not. As of now, it has not been ruled a homicide.

This is a developing story. 12 News will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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