JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi’s capital city say a severed head and a decapitated torso belonged to the same person.
The Clarion-Ledger reports (
) the victim was identified on Monday as 30-year-old Jeremy Jerome Jackson. Both body parts were discovered separately on Saturday in Jackson. The headless torso was badly burned.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart says authorities were able to get a positive fingerprint match from one that hadn’t been burned. She says the head had no distortion so facial recognition wasn’t a problem.
Jackson police chief Lee Vance says the head was discovered on a home’s porch hours before the body was found in a field about a mile (1.5 kilometers) away.
Vance says the FBI and other federal agencies are helping investigate.
Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,