Brothers searching for missing sibling find a decomposing body in his storage unit the day after Christmas

Two brothers in Mississippi were shocked to find a dead body in a storage unit while looking for their missing brother, and they believe it might be his remains.

Jackie and David Edmonds told WLBT-TV what happened when they went to their missing brother’s storage unit behind Simmons Tire and Mini Storage on Broadway Street in Yazoo City.

“When [David] unlocked the storage building, he got sick,” said Jackie Edmunds. “He started throwing up because he smelled the body.”

The two had been searching for their brother, Sam Edmonds, who had been missing for about a month. They found the body the day after Christmas.

Yazoo City Police Chief Terry Gann said Yazoo County Coroner Ricky Shivers had not yet been able to make a positive identification for the body.

“Because the family found this body, there is some speculation that this is our missing person, but right now, we don’t know that. We haven’t identified the body yet,” Gann explained.

He said there are other complications as well. He said the body had been sent to the state crime lab, but there was no pathologist initially available to investigate the remains.

“There are currently 30 other autopsy cases ahead of this one,” said Gann.

“It could be somebody else,” said Jackie Edmonds. “But we don’t know. We gonna wait until after the autopsy is done to find that out.”

Officials are considering elevating the missing person’s case to a murder investigation, depending on what the coroner’s exam finds. The other lead they are pursuing is a blue Ford Ranger truck that they believe was stolen from the missing man.

“I hope they do catch the person who killed my brother,” said Jackie Edmonds.

Yazoo City is a town of about 10,000 people about 40 miles northwest of Jackson.

Here’s a news report about the incident:

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