UPDATE: Harrison County officials identify body found in wooded area; rule death homicide

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 12:25pm

Harrison County Investigators along with Marshall PD investigators have identified the body of the deceased person that was discovered on April 30, 2012. The body has been identified as Selonia Fay Rivers, B/F/01/14/1967. Marshall PD received a missing person report on Ms. Rivers on April 23, 2012 from the daughter of the victim. She reported that her mother had gotten into a vehicle with an unidentified male on April 20, 2012, and did not return home. 

Positive identification through forensic fingerprints confirmed the body to be that of Ms. Rivers. The clothing that was found at the location was similar to the clothing that was listed in the missing persons report. The cause of death has been ruled a homicide.

Harrison County Sheriff Jay Webb says a decaying body was found in a wooded area in Marshall.

911 dispatchers received a call at 10:30 am on April 30 about the discovery of a deceased person on Marks Hill Road and Frierson Road in Marshall, Texas. When deputies arrived, they were met by the witness who said she was in the area searching for plum trees when she smelled a strong odor.

Deputies were unable to identify the body due to advanced decomposition of the body. Judge Kent Alford pronounced the body as deceased and ordered an autopsy to determine the identity and cause of death. The body was removed to Forensic Services in Tyler.

Sheriff’s investigators and Marshall Police are reviewing all missing person records to aid in identifying this body.

If any person has information to add to this incident they are encouraged to contact the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Section at 903-923-4000.


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