Suspicious Jones County fire ruled homicide

Suspicious Jones County fire ruled homicide

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County authorities are looking to the public for help in finding a suspect in connection with a murder/arson which took place in October. The death of a Jones County man has now been ruled as a homicide by the Jones County Sheriff's Department. This comes after an autopsy report was received. Investigators now need help finding out who is responsible for the death of Tommy Joe Lewis, 57.

"He was a longtime resident of that arrest, well-known in the community and apparently well liked by most of the people there in the community," said Major Don Scott.

Lewis was found inside a mobile home fire in the Summerland Community October 4 after firefighters managed to put the flames out.

"We are asking the general public, especially that live in the area that this happened to contact us with information," said Major Scott.

Investigators said any information is vital to bringing closure to this case and making an arrest.

"There is a substantial reward that's being offered by the state fire marshal's office," said Major Scott.  

The department has interviewed more than a dozen individuals on the homicide that happened on Carter Dees Road.

"We've got a good bit of information but there's never too much information, they might have just the piece of the puzzle that we need to solve this case," said Major Scott.

Any information on this case call the Jones County Sheriff's Department at 601-425-3147.

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