Body found in Mississippi River
by Courtney Warren
May 27, 2014 | 6737 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Law enforcement prepares to search for a body on the Mississippi River.
Law enforcement prepares to search for a body on the Mississippi River.
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Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams confirmed a body was found in the Mississippi River Monday around 6 p.m.

The incident report said the sheriff's department received a report of a body in the river near Shelby.

"Gordon Moore reported that he was fishing with his wife in the Mississippi River near Shelby when they saw what they believed to be a dead body floating in the river. EOC and BCSO investigators responded to the scene and were able to recover the body from the river."

The incident report said, "Deputy Coroner Murray Roark was also on the scene and took possession of the cadaver at 20:20 hours (8:20 p.m. ). The body appeared to have been a black male of undetermined age, possibly between 35-50 years of age. The body may have been in the water for a couple of weeks or longer. Law enforcement agencies upriver will be contacted to see if they have any missing persons who might be this unknown male."

"There was no identification on him. We turned the body over to the coroner's office and we're seeking help from surrounding counties in the areas to identify him. We have no missing persons report in Bolivar County so if anyone in the surrounding areas has a missing persons report we are seeking help," said Williams.

"Two boats went out to retrieve the body. We brought it back in to the coroner," said Brad Barr the unit chief for EOC.

The Bolivar County Sheriff's Department, the EOC, Delta K-9, and the county coroner responded to the call.

In other news, a man was stabbed and a woman has been arrested after an altercation Monday night.

The Cleveland Police Department received a call from Bolivar Medical Center at 11:35 p.m. that a person had been cut.

"When officers arrived they found Mr. Willie Hope, 54, had been stabbed. He advised that he did not know who cut him and did not state whether it was a male or female," said Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham.

Bingham said a subsequent investigated revealed Jennifer Westley, 35, was the person who stabbed Hope.

"Officers went to the scene and gathered evidence. Ms. Westley was arrested and charged with domestic violence and aggravated assault. She is currently incarcerated at Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility awaiting an initial hearing," said Bingham.

Also, on May 22 a woman was involved in a hit and run.

"Officers located the vehicle and arrested the driver for leaving the scene of an accident. They also found that he had no driver's license and no insurance. The driver was Ladarius Collins, 31," said Bingham.

To report any information on these cases call the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department at 662-843-5378, the Cleveland Police Department at 662-843-3611, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. All calls are confidential.