County investigators of Claiborne County, Mississippi, are investigating the death of a Black man found hanging in the woods Thursday.
According to multiple sources the body has not yet been identified by authorities, but the local NAACP office has identified the body as, Otis Byrd, 54, who has been missing since March 2. Byrd’s body was found about half a mile from where he was last known residence.
The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department has asked the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the FBI assist with the investigation. Authorities have not ruled out the possibility of foul play.
In 1980 Byrd was convicted of capital murder for the death of Lucille Trimm during a robbery within the same county he was found hanging. Byrd spent a little over 25 years in prison and was paroled on November 2, 2006.
The Claiborne County NAACP office has written the Department of Justice is asking them to get involved in the investigation.