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Police: Body found near interstate in Ellisville; no foul play suspected

Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 1:53 PM CDT
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ELLISVILLE, Miss. (WDAM) – Ellisville police and Jones County deputies are conducting a death investigation after the body of a man was discovered Sunday evening along Interstate 59 at exit 88.

Jones County Coroner Burl Hall identified the man as 66-year-old Joe David Folkes, of Seminary.

Folkes’ body was found by a passerby who had stopped along the interstate and called 911 to report the incident.

Units from the Ellisville Police Department, Ellisville Fire Department, EMServ Ambulance Service and Jones County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and found Folkes’ body along I-59 in the Ellisville city limits on Sunday at 6:50 p.m.

Ellisville Police Chief Bruce Russell requested JCSD Investigator Sgt. J.D. Carter to respond and assist with the death investigation. There was no foul play suspected following the on-site investigation by EPD, JCSD and Jones County Coroner’s Office personnel.

Hall said it’s believed excessive heat was a factor in Folkes’ death.

It was unclear exactly how long the body had been at the site, although investigators said they believe it was less than three days.

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