Arrest made in the murder of Hattiesburg woman

Ebony Jenkins
Ebony Jenkins

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg man has been arrested and charged with last week's murder of a Hattiesburg woman.

Late Wednesday afternoon police confirmed the arrest of Jairus Collins, 26, at his Hattiesburg residence. Police said Collins was an acquaintance of Jenkins. Collins is expected to make his initial court appearance Thursday on murder charges.

Friday morning, the body of Jenkins, 27, was found in a wooded area off West 7th street across Highway 49 from Hillcrest dormitory. An autopsy indicated she had been shot several times.

Jenkins, a Crystal Springs native was reported missing by her family last Thursday after she failed to show up for work at a Hattiesburg department store. She was a former USM women's basketball player.

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