Autopsy awaited in Hinds homicide

Published 12:00 pm Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hinds County officials said they were awaiting autopsy results on the body of a 23-year-old Bolton man found shot to death on a road Monday night between Bolton and Edwards.

The body of Robert Earl Hill Jr. was sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson, said Lt. Jeffery Scott of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department.

Scott said a motorist found Hill’s body about 8 p.m. in a gravel pit next to Billy Fields Road. “We believe it was a secondary crime scene,” said Scott. “We believe he was dumped.”

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Hill’s vehicle, a red 1992 Ford Crown Victoria, was found around noon Tuesday in a wooded area less than a mile from his body. Scott said the vehicle could have been stolen, but did not want to speculate.

“The interior of the vehicle was partially burned. We believed that was done to get rid of anything of evidentiary value,” said Scott.

He said Hill might have been shot by someone he knew, “but it’s too early in the investigation to know.”

Hill is survived by a son, Braylon, who is 1 year old.