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Body found in Perry County River

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Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Smith said he received a missing person's report from the Stone County Sheriff's Department around 11 Tuesday morning.

After about two hours of searching near Cyprus Creek Landing where he was last seen, they found a body floating in the river.

Officials say the missing person's report was originally filed from Pascagoula over the weekend.

Smith said a man was arrested for DUI in stone county late Friday night.  The vehicle he was driving was registered in the missing person's name.

"The individual that was arrested said they had last seen him at Black Creek at the Cyprus Creek Landing,and they were floating down the creek," Smith said. 

He said that's when Stone County contacted Perry County, and the search began.

Officers from Stone County joined Perry County Deputies, firefighters and the local forestry service, and the friend of the missing person lead them to where he was last seen.

Smith reported a body was recovered around 3 p.m. 

"We are interviewing several people and still have the individual who was driving his car in custody in Stone County," Smith said.  "That is a person of interest of course, and now we're waiting on autopsy reports to determine a cause of death."

The victim's name is not being released, but he is described as a male in his 20's...

Smith said they are doing the best they can, but need the public's help.

"If anybody was at Cyprus Creek Landing on Friday evening between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m., we'd love for them to come forward and talk to us," he said.

Smith asks anyone with information to call the Perry County Sheriff's Department at 601-964-8461.

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