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Mississippi man's hanging death a mystery

4 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, March 28 2015 Mar 28, 2015 March 28, 2015 12:09 PM March 28, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Caroline McDougall

PORT GIBSON, Miss. - Loss and healing were the focus of eulogies as more than 200 people packed a Baptist church for the memorial service for a black man found hanging behind his home in Mississippi.

Sources report 54-year-old Otis Byrd was mentioned just a handful of times during the 90-minute service Friday at Mount Burner Baptist Church in Pattison.

State, local and federal authorities continue to investigate whether Byrd's death was suicide or murder.

Claiborne County Sheriff Marvin Lucas says FBI profilers were in Port Gibson, gathering evidence. He also said Friday that Byrd's hands were not bound and it appeared Byrd had not stepped off anything.

He says no timetable has been set for releasing the autopsy report.

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