By REGGIE ROSS
Authorities recovered a body from a well just outside of Duck Hill Wednesday afternoon.
The body was discovered in a 12-foot-deep well just off Highway 404 West. Montgomery County Coroner Allan Pratt pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Several investigators with the Grenada County Sheriff’s Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office were at the scene, and although not confirmed by authorities, the body is believed to be that of Willie Kirk Hooper, who has been reported missing since Sunday.
Hooper was last seen in the vicinity of his family’s residence on Widows Cove in the Tie Plant area.
Authorities told the GrenadaStar they had made multiple arrests in connection with the disappearance.
“We’re still in the early stages, and further information about the arrests is pending,” said Investigator Josh Dale.
Following the discovery, a backhoe was brought to the scene by county workers for digging. Large slabs of concrete around the well were dug up, and some dirt was removed to free the body. Water was pumped from the well as a large crowd gathered in curiosity along the highway and at a nearby house. Crowd and traffic control later followed, and the spectators were cleared.
After the removal from the well, the body was sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson where an autopsy is expected to be performed.
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