Autopsy released in death of Covington County man

Autopsy released in death of Covington County man
Hattiesburg police responded to a report of stolen car batteries on March 5. (Photo source: WDAM)

COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Authorities now know the cause of death of a Collins man that was found partially decomposed in early May.

Bennie Barnes, 63, of Collins, was discovered on May 1, 2016, by a hunter in the woods near Lake Mike Connor, close to the Jeff Davis County line, according to Covington County Sheriff Stann Smith.

Autopsy results show Barnes died from an apparent overdose, and the manner of death was ruled as accidental, according to Covington County Sheriff's Department investigators.

Officials could not determine the cause of death and have been waiting on results from the Mississippi State Crime Lab.