HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police are conducting a death investigation after a body was discovered at Motel 6 in the Hub City.
The victim was identified as Michael James Smith, 39, of Hattiesburg according to Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict.
The body has been sent to the crime lab in Jackson for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Police received the call just after 11 a.m. about a deceased male in a room at the motel.
"The victim was found suffering from what appears to be a gun shot wound," Hattiesburg Police Lt. Detective Branden McLemore said. "Right now it is considered a death investigation until we can gather all the facts."
If you have any information, contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-Stop.