Body of missing Forrest County woman located, identified

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove says an autopsy performed Friday on a burned and decomposing body found Thursday afternoon has confirmed the body was that of was 19-year-old Brittany Crenshaw of Hattiesburg.

Crenchaw was reported missing on August 17. The cause of death is still undetermined. Harrison County authorities are working with Hattiesburg police who provided dental records.

A utility worker discovered Crenshaw's remains while working in rural Harrison County Thursday. He found a skull and a body on Gulf Haven Road, north of Long Beach.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said the worker was going to check power lines when he saw a burnt area on the side of the road.

The remains were found just before 1 p.m. on a logging road in an isolated area of the county. Hargrove said the body was in such bad condition, it wasn't clear right away if the victim was a man or woman.

Benjamin Davis, A Louisiana man living in Forrest County, made his first appearance in court Friday after being arrested in connection with the disappearance of Crenshaw. He was escorted back to jail Friday morning after Forrest County Justice Court Judge Robert Davis set his bail at $1 million.

Forrest County authorities arrested Davis on Wednesday. He is charged with the murder of Brittany Nicole Crenshaw.

Crenshaw was reported missing on August 17 from her home, a camper in McLaurin.

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