Victim in morning homicide identified

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The death investigation of a body that was found in a ditch, submerged in water Thursday morning near William Carey University has been ruled a homicide.

The body was identified as Johnnie Cooper, 20, of Hattiesburg. According to Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler foul play is evident in the case.

Cooper was found near the Timberton Complex around 8:45 a.m. by a Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation work crew.

According to Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem, the body has been sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

Anyone who had any information is urged to contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.

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