20 March 2015 - FBI probes hanging death of black man in Mississippi
FBI investigating hanging death of black man in Mississippi
Staff (The Chicago Tribune)
Federal and state authorities are investigating the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi who had been missing for more than two weeks, the FBI said Thursday.
The investigation involves the FBI, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney's office. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is also involved.
The man was last seen March 2 and was reported missing by his family days later, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Pack said in a statement. Pack says the cause of death has not been determined, and authorities aren't sure if it's a homicide or a suicide.
Jim Walker, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, told The Associated Press that the body was found by the department's officers while they were searching for 54-year-old Otis Byrd of Port Gibson.
Agencies (The Telegraph)
Investigators were examining the scene for evidence to determine the cause and manner of death - it was not immediately clear if it was a homicide or if the man had killed himself.
But powerful civil rights group the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) has asked federal authorities to examine the case, according to local television network WJTV.
Molly Hennessy-Fiske (The Los Angeles Times)
The nephew said the family had been told by police that Byrd's hands had been tied, but he had worked them free and tried to loosen the noose. But that could not be confirmed by authorities, who declined to release details.
At this point, “we don’t know if it’s suicide or homicide,” said Jason Pack, supervisory special agent for the FBI in Mississippi.
He said the hanging victim, who was identified by his family, had last been seen March 2, and had been sought by local authorities since the family filed a missing-person's report on March 13.
Therese Apel (USA Today)
Byrd's family filed a missing person report with the Claiborne County Sheriff's Department on March 8, and MBI received a missing person report on March 13.
According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Byrd spent a little over 25 years in prison for the murder of Lucille Trimm during a robbery in Claiborne County. He was convicted of capital murder on Feb. 8, 1980, and was paroled Nov. 2, 2006.
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