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Police Release Name of Victim Found Dead Near Lumberton

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UPDATE:  Sheriff Rigel says the victim, Monica Rochelle Sibley, 39, is a black female from Lumberton.  Her family had last seen or heard from her Oct. 16, and she was officially reported missing Oct. 21.

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LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. - Lamar County authorities are investigating how a woman's body ended up in a shallow grave..

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said they got the call Wednesday evening that there might have been human remains buried in a wooded area on Noony Road, just south of Lumberton's city limits.

Rigel said when deputies arrived on the scene, hey found a shallow grave site .

He says they are not considering the death a homicide yet, because they don't know the circumstances of the situation.

Rigel says they've talked with one family who believes that the victim could be their loved one who has been missing since last week.

"Until we can positively identify the body, from the law enforcement standpoint, we don't want to say prematurely who we think the individual may be," he said.

The body has been sent to Jackson, Miss. for an autopsy.

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