Autopsy: Wayne County man killed by gunshot to chest

Joe Michael Ruffin
Joe Michael Ruffin

WAYNE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - An autopsy has been completed on a Wayne County man who was missing for five days before being found dead.

Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp said the autopsy revealed the person believed to be Joe Michael Ruffin, 35, died as the result of a gunshot wound to the upper body.

Authorities are still awaiting DNA results to determine if the body is Ruffin's.

Ruffin was reported missing by his family last week after leaving a family member's home headed to work leaving Waynesboro for the Gulf Coast.

Officials said they found his 2003 silver and gray Cadillac on Country Road 242 in Clarke County near the Jasper County line.

Deputies responded from Clarke and Jasper Counties to the scene after someone spotted the vehicle and called authorities.

Police found a body in the back seat of the car. Decomposition had set in, and the sheriff's department has not been able to identify the body as of yet it. The body was sent to Jackson for an autopsy.

There were markers on the body including tattoos that suggested it was Ruffin.

His wife, Catina, filed a missing persons report earlier this week with the Wayne County Sheriff's Department and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

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