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Body discovered in cornfield prompts investigation

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PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Perry County authorities are investigating a body found Thursday night in a cornfield.

“We received a call from a farmer in the Janice community out in the county about a body he found in the back part of his corn field,” said Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith.

Deputies responded to the farm located off Bob White Road and set up a crime scene.

“Our guys worked the scene, and at this time we don’t know what happened to the victim, but there is no foul play suspected,” said Smith.

Authorities identified the victim as 42-year-old Perry County resident Luther Garner.

“There is a trail that he had cut, or made through the woods at the field where he would walk to his mother’s house,” said Smith.

Smith said the body had been there for two or three days, and that it was being sent to the Mississippi State Crime lab for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

“Again, we don’t suspect any foul play or anything like that at this time, but the autopsy will show the details and we can better piece together what happened,” said Smith.

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