Abandoned, burned vehicle discovered on USM property confirmed stolen

Abandoned, burned vehicle discovered on USM property confirmed stolen

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - University of Southern Mississippi Police are investigating an abandoned burned vehicle found at the old Van Hook Golf Course.

"We got a call from university grounds department about a burned vehicle near the old pro shop around 9 this morning," said University Police Capt. Rusty Keyes.

A match in the vehicle information has been made, and it points back to a Hattiesburg case according to Capt. Rusty Keyes.

On Monday, Jan. 24th, a vehicle was reported stolen from 19th and Hardy, with the keys still in the ignition.

According to the report, the white, 2000 Nissan Altima was not in drivable condition, and the owners left the keys in it to come back later. When the owners returned, the car was gone.

University Police and Hattiesburg Police worked together to confirm the vin numbers matching on the car.

"We are getting it towed to a wrecker yard for further investigation," said Keyes.

Keyes added that the gate stays locked, and it is a secured area.

"We will be looking to determine how the person or persons got in to the facility," said Keyes.

"At this point there is no other situation other than an abandoned burned vehicle at this point," said Keyes.

If you have any information contact University Police at 601-266-4986