UPDATE: Man wanted in murder of woman found in Leaf River

According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, the case has been ruled a homicide.
Published: May. 16, 2022 at 2:37 PM CDT
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UPDATE: The manhunt for Marty Breazeale in the area of Swamp Road, Red Hill Crossing Road, East Radio Road and Jennings Masters Road, plus other areas, continues into Monday night with ground search teams, K-9 assets and aerial assets.

According to the JCSD, several calls have been received from across the county with possible sightings, which are all being checked and cleared.

A possible sighting in Sandersville led deputies to a location on Willow Street where a subject fled on foot and was captured, but that person was not Breazeale.

Search operations are continuing under the command of Sheriff Joe Berlin.

JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - The Jones County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the whereabouts of a man in connection to the death of the woman found in the Leaf River on Sunday afternoon.

According to JCSD, Marty Breazeale, 48, is wanted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Brittany Nicole Holifield.

According to the Mississippi Crime Lab, the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head.

The case has now been ruled a homicide.

With help from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, JCSD recovered Holifield’s body after it was found near the State Route 590 bridge and boat ramp.

Brittany Nicole Holifield's body was recovered on Sunday, May 15th, from the Leaf River in...
Brittany Nicole Holifield's body was recovered on Sunday, May 15th, from the Leaf River in Jones County. (Jones County Sheriff's Department)

Officials said Sgt. J.D. Carter and Investigator Jardian McDonald are the lead investigators in the case.

“We are continuing our investigation into the untimely death of Brittany Nicole Holifield,” said Sheriff Joe Berlin. “As the investigation continues and we are able, we will release additional information on the progress of the investigation.”

If anyone has information in connection with the case, contact JCSD at (601) 425-3147 or Jones County Crime Stoppers at (601) 428-STOP (7867).

The suspect is considered dangerous and should not be approached.

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