UPDATE – Hurricane Katrina victim identified

Published 9:13 pm Thursday, March 19, 2009

A coroner says the last unidentified Hurricane Katrina victim in Harrison County is 20-year-old Frank Jones of Gulfport.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove revealed the identity of the last victim Thursday.

Jones’ body was found two days after Katrina’s landfall in 2005 in a canal behind Garden Park Medical Center.

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Hargrove says Jones’ name was added to the missing list, but he wasn’t readily identified because the tattoo description given to authorities did not match what was on the victim’s body.

Jones was laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery next to another Katrina victim, 78-year-old James L. Blair of Pass Christian. Blair was identified in 2007.

Hargrove said 97 people died during the storm in Harrison County.