September 22, 2017 10:35:16 AM
Investigators with Columbus Police Department are investigating the homicide of a missing West Point man whose body was discovered in Pickens County, Alabama.
On Thursday, family members of Henry Lee Easley, 52, positively identified him as a deceased gunshot victim whose body was discovered Sunday in Pickens County. Easley's family had reported him missing to CPD Wednesday, according to a police department press release.
The report said Easley had attended a wedding in Caledonia Saturday and had a family member drop him off in Columbus afterward. That was the last his family saw of him.
Pickens County Coroner Chad Harless said Easley's body was discovered off a rural road near Highway 82 about two miles from the state line. Investigators in Pickens County contacted CPD and Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, and all the agencies have been working together to identify the body, the press release said.
A forensic lab in Montgomery, Alabama, has already performed an autopsy on Easley's body.
The death is being investigated as a multi-jurisdictional homicide, the press release said. CPD, Pickens County Sheriff's Office, LCSO, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Clay County Sheriff's Office and West Point Police Department are all working together on the case, as are coroners' and District Attorneys' offices in both Lowndes and Pickens counties.
Investigators are asking anyone who saw Easley after 8 p.m. Saturday or who knows anything else about the crime to call CPD at 662-244-3552 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.
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