Murder suspected near Lumberton

Published 11:45 pm Wednesday, January 21, 2009

An incident involving a man found dead on his porch is being investigated as a murder.

The victim was found in the early morning hours of Tuesday after Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Deputies received a call from a woman living at the same house as the victim stating he had been shot.

Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier said deputies arrived on scene and found 61 year-old Clyde Daniels II dead on his porch at 405 County Farm Rd., Lumberton. Investigators were called out, and in conjunction with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations Crime Scene Unit, began to process the scene.

Results from an autopsy conducted Wednesday show that the cause of death was due to a gunshot to the head, Saucier said. He said he could not say how many gunshots Daniels sustained since he has not seen the autopsy yet. The incident is being investigated as a murder.

Currently the department is working to establish suspects. Saucier would not comment on whether the woman who placed the call was a suspect but did say that when deputies arrived she was the only one there.

The weapon used to shoot Daniels was not found at his home. Saucier said he does not suspect the shooting to be related to drug activity but the case is still under investigation.

“We’re not ruling out anything right now but there were no drugs or paraphernalia in or around the residence,” Saucier said.