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FBI Investigating After Black Man Is Found Hanging From a Tree in Mississippi

The NAACP is asking the Justice Department to join the investigation.

Screengrab via WBLT-TV

The FBI is currently investigating the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi.

The man’s decomposing body was found hanging from a tree in Claiborne County, the coroner said, according to WLBT-TV.

Otis James Byrd (Screengrab via WBLT-TV)

The man has been identified as 54-year-old Otis James Byrd by the Claiborne County branch of the NAACP. The man had reportedly been missing for days and was last seen being dropped off at a casino in Vicksburg.

The NAACP has also asked the U.S. Department of Justice to “join the current investigation” with the FBI and local police into the man’s death. No motive or suspects have been named in the case.

WLBT-TV reporter Melissa Faith Payne reported on Thursday that the coroner couldn’t immediately confirm the man’s identity due to decomposition of the body.


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