Possible ID made on body
by Courtney Warren
Jun 03, 2014 | 1595 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Twain said the Mississippi River will always have it's own way.

The Mississippi River has taken several lives over time and the body that was discovered last weekend is no different.

Bolivar County authorities received a preliminary report from the Bolivar County Coroner's Office and the MS State Medical Examiner's Office that the unidentified black male had a large tattoo that spelled out "Faith" on his upper back.

He also had a black hoop earring in his left ear and one black and blue Nike gym shoe and a pair of US Polo socks.

It was because of this tattoo a mother came forward and said that was her son.

According to Murray Roark, Bolivar County deputy coroner, "We went to Memphis Monday and pulled DNA samples and carried them to Jackson yesterday."

Those DNA samples were from the mother of Anthony Dupree of Cordova, Tenn., who is believed to be the man found in the river.

"They will make a positive identification and we think we know who it is because of the tattoo on the back. It usually takes just a few days to match the DNA and once they identify the body they will release the body to the family to bury. It will be held in the state crime lab until that time," said Roark.

The incident report said the sheriff's department received a report of a body in the river near Shelby around 6 p.m. on May 26.

"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 also 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 Sheriff Kelvin 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.