Hattiesburg police handling death as homicide, increasing patrols

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police say the case of a man found dead Friday in an empty lot in Hattiesburg not far from the city police headquarters is being handled as a homicide.

The body of Jerry Minor, 55, of Hattiesburg was transported to Jackson for an autopsy.

Crime scene investigators and other emergency personnel are on the scene - a field behind Fat Boy's Curb Store along Edwards Street. A call to police at 6 a.m. from a local can collector led them to the body  According to the can collector, the man's face appeared beaten.

A fight broke out at the scene between residents who claimed to know the dead man while investigators searched the scene. Those involved were detained and released.

The family has been informed.

Police say they have increased their presence in the area with additional patrols and the implementation of the Neighborhood Enhancement Team and Crime Suppression Team. The added they wish to inform residents they are "doing everything possible to bring responsible parties to justice."

If you have any information, call 601-544-7900.

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