MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Marion County man is in custody and charged with murder from a June 2013 death investigation.
Kendle Simon, 22, turned himself in to Marion County authorities on Wednesday in connection to the death of Patrick Davis, 21.
Simon appeared before a judge where his bond was set at $1 million for the murder charge.
Davis' body was found in a wooded area off Loftin Road near his mother's home in southeast Marion County in June 2013.
Davis rode his bicycle to a house nearby, and when he didn't return his mother began to worry. She then went to search for him and discovered his bicycle down the street, and then contacted authorities.
According to Marion County Sheriff's Department investigator Jamie Singley, "It was around 2:48, in the morning, Sunday (June 23rd) morning. The mother had called and said her son was missing. She went looking for him and found some of his personal belongings on the side of the road. "
According to Singley, once deputies arrived on scene to Loftin Road, the evidence prompted them to contact investigators. "Investigators showed up and began trailing evidence and discovered the body of a white male (Patrick Davis) that had been deceased," said Singley.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office began their investigation into what was a missing person's report that quickly turned into a death investigation stemming from the discovery.
Sheriff's investigators contacted the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to help with the investigation. During the initial investigation, the cause of death appeared to be gunshots.
Much of evidence collected was sent off to the Mississippi Crime Lab to be analyzed as investigators continued to gather information. After discovering Davis' body, the department ruled the case a death investigation.
"We never gave up on this case, as we tell all families with murder cases we never give up on any case," said Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall. "We are glad to get the family closure on this case, and we are glad to have closure as well," said Hall.
According to Hall, Simon is charged with murder, and from here that will be up to the grand jury whether they upgrade a charge or downgrade it.
"We always remind the public, no matter how small of a tip you may have, or information you may know, it can all prove helpful to an investigation," said Hall. "People have to get involved and do their part and help, law enforcement officers can't do it all alone," said Hall.
Sheriff Hall also praised his investigators for the hours they have put into the case, as well as not giving up and constantly revisiting the case and details.