Black Man Found Hanging From A Tree In Mississippi

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The FBI is looking into the story behind the man whose body was found hanging from a tree in Claiborne County, Mississippi earlier today.

Authorities have yet to release his identity but the local NAACP chapter has said that the man is 54-year-old Otis Byrd.  The body was found in the woods about a half a mile from Byrd’s home. Officials are still trying to determine if the hanging was the result of a homicide or a suicide.

Police had been searching for Byrd since March 8 when his family filed a missing persons report. Before then, the last time Byrd was seen a friend was dropping him off at the Riverwalk Casino in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Local police contacted the FBI to assist in collecting forensic and investigative evidence.

The NAACP is requesting that the Department of Justice get involved in the investigation.

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