December 13, 2012
No suspects yet
in murder case
Law enforcement officials in Marshall and Tate counties say they have no clues as yet into the murder of Patrick Antonio Jones, 33, of the Tate Marshall Road area.
The body was found by family members after a missing person’s report was filed with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday, Dec. 5, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
He said Jones’ family reported that it was not unusual for him to be away at the casinos for several days, but when he remained missing for an extended period, a sister called 911 to begin an investigation into her brother’s whereabouts.
Criminal investigators with Marshall County went to the house of the deceased Wednesday of last week to take information, Dickerson said, and left the scene that evening around 9:30.
Investigator Jason Mills contacted the Tate County Sheriff’s Department because of Jones’ residence being in Tate County, the sheriff said. Investigators returned to look around the victim’s house, locating his car in a field nearby. The vehicle had struck a highway sign and broken the back axle.
Family members located the body on the Tate County side of the Tate/Marshall line Thursday morning. Marshall investigators assisted Tate authorities in recovery of the body which was found in a Tate County household garbage container.
The body had been wrapped in a cloth and the feet were bound with a belt, Dickerson said.
The Tate County coroner transported the body to Senatobia where a gross examination indicated Jones had been shot three times, according to the sheriff. The body was then sent to Jackson for an autopsy.
Marshall and Tate authorities are seeking any leads in the investigation into Jones’ murder. They are seeking multiple suspects for questioning, Dickerson said. However, no warrants have been issued for any arrests as yet.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigator Jason Mills at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department at 662-252-1311 or Bill Ellis with Tate County at 662-562-9236. Callers may remain anonymous and information will be kept in strict confidence, Dickerson said.
In other news, Dickerson said burglaries of trailers used to haul equipment such as four-wheelers and lawn mowers are on the increase over the entire county. He urges anyone who notices suspicious activity in a neighborhood to report the activity to 911. Deputies will be dispatched to the scene as soon as possible, the sheriff said.
Citizens are encouraged to get specific descriptions of any suspicious activity and vehicles in neighborhoods to provide to authorities. Colors, make and model of vehicles and even license plate tags will be helpful to authorities in checking on any unusual activities, the sheriff said.
Callers may report suspicious activities to the sheriff’s department by calling 662-252-1311. The sheriff’s department relies on the public for tips in solving crimes.
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