Body found on Stateline Road
“We don't know the extent of other possible injuries”
The first homicide victim of 2008 was discovered along Stateline Road early Wednesday by DeSoto County authorities. via Desoto Times Online
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#1 Jan 31, 2008
DeSoto County detectives have released a photograph of a car with identical markings and trim of a car believed used in the murder of DeReco Harris.
The car, a white four-door 1992 model Mazda Protege, reportedly with a gray interior, is considered a key clue in the unsolved homicide.
"The car has black molding on both the driver's and passenger's side and it has rust on the lower door, fender and quarter panels," said Cmdr. Mark Blackson, the commander of the detective division for the sheriff's department.
In a BOLO (Be On Look Out) message sent to all Mid-South law enforcement agencies over the weekend, Det. Lt. Michael Gurley asked that if spotted, the agencies "OBSERVE ONLY," and immediately contact the sheriff's department.
Blackson said Monday that the car belonged to the mother of Harris, 30, who was last seen in the Mt. Moriah area in Memphis about 11:30 p.m. New Year's night.
The Shelby County license number on the car is 035 FNB.
His body was found about 7:30 a.m. Jan. 2 near a ditch off State Line Road east of Miss. 301.
He had been shot three times in the neck, with one of the shots killing him.
He was wearing a black furry hooded jacket and brown corduroy pants.
A witness told detectives he spotted the Mazda on State Line Road about 12:30 a.m. Jan. 2 near the spot where the body was found.
The witness said he thought the motorist may have had car trouble, but that as he got out of his car, the white Mazda pulled away.
Sheriff Bill Rasco said Monday that investigators have "brought in two people for questioning. I don't think we could say that these people are suspects, but they do have some knowledge of the case."
Blackson asked that anyone with information about the car call the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department at SIX SIX TWO FOUR TWO NINE ONE FOUR SEVEN FIVE or call DeSoto County Crimestoppers at SIX SIX TWO FOUR TWO NINE TIPS.
Rasco said those with information may also call the Memphis Crime Stoppers at NINE ZERO ONE FIVE TWO EIGHT CASH (TWO TWO SEVEN FOUR).
-- William C. Bayne: SIX SIX TWO NINE NINE SIX ONE FOUR ZERO EIGHT
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