Almost 10 years after teens stumbled across the skeleton of 19-year-old Marrio Harris in Lowndes County, investigators have exhumed his body in hopes of finding his killer.
Lowndes County Sheriff”s Office investigators, who reopened the case two years ago, exhumed Harris from Christian Hill Cemetery in Noxubee County on Monday.
Harris, who was shot in the head, was found Aug. 7, 2000, off Hardy Billups Road in western Lowndes County. He”d been missing since Memorial Day of that year.
His body will be taken to Jackson for forensic tests that could solve the crime, said Detective Eli Perrigin. Test results should be back within two weeks.
“There”s so much new technology in this day and time,” he said. “Investigators didn”t have it back then.”
Investigators have suspects and several possible leads that they are investigating now, Perrigin said.
Harris” body will be reburied in about a week, he said.
Anyone with information about the case should call Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 800-530-7151 or the Lowndes County Sheriff”s Office at 662-329-5825. An anonymous tip that leads to an arrest could be worth up to $1,000.