Remains identified as man missing from south Mississippi


PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi coroner has confirmed the identity of human remains found in mid-July in coastal Hancock County.

Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said Friday the state medical examiner’s office identified Willie “Chill” Jones through his fingerprints, instead of DNA results, which would have been available next week.

The Hattiesburg American reported Jones was last seen July 6, when he left his Picayune home with an acquaintance.

Turnage said Jones’ remains were released to his family Thursday. He said an autopsy determined Jones died of gunshot wounds to the chest.

The acquaintance, Dustin Gray, 24, and another man, Austin Brookshire, 18, have been charged with murder.

Gray’s wife, Erica Deleon Gray, 21, and an unidentified juvenile have been charged with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.

The Grays were arrested by U.S. marshals in Pueblo, Colorado, where investigators said they fled after Jones’ disappearance. The couple remained jailed in Colorado, awaiting extradition to Mississippi.

Dustin Gray was being held without bond. Erica Gray’s bond was set at $50,000.

Brookshire was being held without bond at an undisclosed location. It was unclear if the juvenile suspect is still in custody.

The newspaper did not report whether the people charged in the case are represented by attorneys.


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