Death investigation underway after body discovered along I-59 in Ellisville

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ELLISVILLE, Miss. (WHLT) – Ellisville police and Jones County deputies are investigating the death of a man. His body was found along I-59 at Exit 88 in the Ellisville city limits on Sunday, August 1, just before 7:00 p.m.

According to investigators, the body was discovered by a passerby who had stopped along the interstate. Following an onsite investigation, no foul play was suspected in the death.

Jones County Coroner Burl Hall identified the man as Joe David Folkes, 66.

Investigators said it’s unclear exactly how long the body has been along the interstate, but they believe it was less than three days.

According to Hall, it appears Folkes died of natural causes, and it was probably “heat related.”

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