April 26, 2018 10:27:01 AM
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A skull found last month off Armistad Road has been identified as the son of a former Columbus police chief.
The Mississippi State Crime Lab in Jackson confirmed the skull was that of Selvain McQueen II, according to a Lowndes County Sheriff's Office press release. McQueen was 31 when family reported him missing in May 2016.
At the time, McQueen's wife said her husband had been missing about 45 days.
McQueen II is the son of former Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen Sr., who unsuccessfully ran for Lowndes County sheriff in 2015 and Columbus mayor in 2017. The elder McQueen worked for Columbus Police Department from 1988 to 2014, serving the last nearly three years of his tenure as chief.
The elder McQueen when reached by The Dispatch, declined to comment on his son's death or the investigation.
County Coroner Greg Merchant said the case is currently a "death investigation" but did not indicate the cause of death.
Merchant said authorities notified McQueen's relatives on Monday.
A homeowner on Armistad Road discovered the skull on March 13 and contacted LCSO investigators. At the time, authorities said it appeared the skull was "not recent" and that it didn't appear to have any traumatic injury.
The skull was found less than a mile from the younger McQueen's home on Hughes Road.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call LCSO at 662-328-1136 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.
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