Multiple Agencies Investigate Murder
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WATER VALLEY – The Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department and multiple assisting agencies continue to investigate a homicide after the body of an Oxford man was discovered on County Road 214 in Yalobusha County near the Water Valley Municipal Airport. Sheriff Jerimaine Gooch reported Curtis Vaughn, 32, of Oxford was found deceased at 1:41 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 by two men headed to the lake to fish.
“The body was about 30 feet from the center-line of the county road on the county right-of-way,” Gooch told the Herald. “The location where the homicide occurred has not been determined,” the sheriff added.
Vaughn had been reported missing to the Oxford Police Department (OPD) on March 21 after he had not been heard from since 11 p.m. on March 20, according to a press release from the agency.
Vaughn’s vehicle, a 2015 Chevrolet Trax, was also found abandoned near the Paris community in Lafayette County.
“The vehicle was found around the same time the body was discovered,” Chief Deputy Thomas West said. “Oxford Police Department had also been searching for the vehicle.”
Gooch reported that the Water Valley Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Metro Narcotics Unit from Lafayette responded to the scene and are assisting with the investigation.
“We are tracking down leads, and I would also like to reach out to the public for assistance. We encourage anyone who may have information about this case to contact law enforcement,” Gooch told the Herald. Potential information could be a sighting of Vaughn after he was last seen on March 20. To report information, contact the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department at (662) 473-2722, the Oxford Police Department at (662) 232-2400 or your local law enforcement agency.
The sheriff also noted that there is no connection between Vaughn’s death and an earlier homicide in Yalobusha County.
“I think there was some confusion on social media about the location of this body being in the same vicinity as a homicide earlier this month in the Holly Springs National Forest. This was in a total different area of the county and not connected,” Gooch explained.