Hattiesburg mysterious death now ruled as homicide

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Police are now investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered lying between some railroad tracks and a Hattiesburg business early Friday morning as a homicide.

Saturday afternoon, an autopsy on the body of Melvin Buckhelter, 50, of Hattiesburg, showed that he died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Buckhelter's body was discovered lying behind Economy Supply near Mobile street by a passerby around 6:30 a.m. Investigators say they aren't sure how long Buckhelter had been dead, but they do believe he was killed where he was found.

Officers say they have no motive for the shooting and no suspects so far.

If you have any information about the case, call Hattiesburg Police or Crimestoppers at 582-STOP.

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