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Missing Man's Body Found in Tree, Hanging: Was It Suicide or Murder?

By    |   Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 07:49 PM

The body of a black man who had been missing for about three weeks was found Thursday hanging from a tree in Mississippi.

The man, identified by the Claiborne County branch of the NAACP as Otis James Byrd, 54, was found about a half mile from his last known residence, Mississippi News Now reported.

Byrd disappeared March 2 and family members reported him missing March 8. He was last seen when a friend dropped him off at Vicksburg's Riverwalk Casino, News Now said.

It is unclear whether the death was a suicide or murder.

The FBI is investigating a possible civil rights violation while local authorities investigate the death, CNN said. The Department of Justice also is investigating the case.

Byrd was convicted in 1980 for murdering a woman and paroled in 2006.

The body was found tied in a bed sheet, WJTV reported. His hands were not tied behind his back.

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