The body of Clarksdale, Miss., mayoral candidate Marco McMillian was found Wednesday morning along the Mississippi River in an isolated area of north Mississippi.
Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith says the body of the 34-year-oldwas found on the Mississippi River levee Wednesday about 10 a.m.
The Coahoma County Sheriff's Office is treating this case as a homicide but is saying very little, basically that they have an ongoing investigation into his death.
Wednesday evening the sheriff's office said they had a person of interest in custody.
The odd thing about this case is where the body of Mr. McMillian was found, and where his car was located after a crash. The 34-year-old's body and car were clear across the county from each other.
Mr. McMillian was found along a stretch of Mississippi River Levee Road, 15 miles from Clarksdale near Rena Lara.
On Tuesday morning 30 miles east of where Mr. McMillian's body was found, the Coahoma County Sheriff's Office was called near the Coahoma County-Tallahatchie County line on Highway 49 South where another man crashed the candidate's car into another vehicle.
The only trouble was that Mr. McMillian was not in the car.
One of the drivers involved in the crash was airlifted to The MED in Memphis, Tenn., for treatment. A second person involved in Tuesday's traffic accident was treated at a county hospital and released.
"Once the accident occurred we started at that time trying to locate Mr. McMillian, and that lead up to this time," said Will Rooker, Coahoma County Sheriff spokesman.
Meredith said Mr. McMillian's body was sent to Jackson for an autopsy and declined to provide further details.
A Facebook page dedicated to Mr. McMillian's campaign to become mayor of Clarksdale has been flooded with condolences.
"As of this time the sheriff's office does have a person of interest in custody in relationship to this case," Rooker said. "But since this is an ongoing investigation, any information regarding that individual's name will be released at a later time."
Mr. McMillian was running for mayor of Clarksdale, a Blues music hub and home to actor Morgan Freeman. He had served as international executive director of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. His campaign said he may have been the first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office in Mississippi.
If you can assist law enforcement in this reported homicide investigation, you are urged to contact the Coahoma County Sheriff's Office at 662-624-3085 or 662-624-3086.
FOX13 News reporter Tom Dees contributed to this report.
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