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Police ID decapitated body found in Mississippi capital

Posted June 13

An autopsy is underway to determine the cause of death after a burned, decapitated body was found in Jackson, Mississippi, over the weekend, police said.

In a Monday tweet, police identified the dead man as Jeremy Jerome Jackson, 30. They offered no other information about him.

Jackson police Chief Lee Vance said he has requested federal help with this case and the killing of Johnny Brown, who was shot during daylight hours Friday while working at a kids' barber shop.

Jackson's severed head was found Saturday morning on the front porch of a home, Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones said. A few hours later, his headless burned body was discovered less than a mile away.

Residents told CNN affiliate WLBT that a group of children found the body in a wooded area.

Asked if the owner of the home where the head was found knew the victim, Vance said he was not aware of any connection.

"Obviously, rage was an ingredient, perhaps some type of message sending," Vance said.

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