Marion County homicide victim identified

Marion County homicide victim identified
Pamela Suzette Johnson
Richard Raynes
Richard Raynes

MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The identity of a homicide victim found in Marion County has been confirmed.

According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, DNA results confirmed that the body found in Marion County last week is that of missing Pamela Suzette Johnson.

Authorities sent the body to Jackson to determine the identity.

Marion County authorities have ruled the investigation a homicide, and have a suspect in custody.

Richard Raynes, 50, was arrested during the investigation by authorities and charged with murder.

Raynes made his initial appearance Monday where his bond was set at $1 million.

The death investigation began January 7 when authorities located a body in a wooded area off Highway 13 North, in the northern part of the county.

Johnson, 50, was reported missing to Jefferson Davis County authorities on Dec. 29. Following that report, Marion County authorities also became involved in the investigation.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time. Authorities ask if anyone has any information to contact the Marion County Sheriffs Department.