Woman’s body found near Port Gibson church

Published 11:46 am Monday, March 7, 2011

A homeless woman’s partially clothed body was found Sunday behind a church in Port Gibson, police Chief Calvin Jackson said.

Patricia Dotson, 34, who was reportedly homeless but had family in the city, was found about 7:45 a.m. behind First Baptist Church on Farmer Street, Jackson said.

“She had trauma to the head but I can’t discuss anything further at this time,” Claiborne County coroner J.W. Mallett said this morning. “They will do an autopsy this morning and we will know the cause of death then.”

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Results were expected this afternoon, Mallett said.

Dotson was a Port Gibson native and the granddaughter of Claiborne County constable Roosevelt Dotson Sr., and was believed to have lived in Oklahoma for a time, the chief said. He was not sure how long she had been back in the city.

This morning, police were interviewing “a person of interest,” but Jackson declined to identify him. No charges had been filed.

The autopsy was expected to show whether Patricia Dotson had been sexually assaulted, Jackson said.

The chief said Patricia Dotson appeared to have been dead about five or six hours when her body was discovered by a church member, who was cleaning the building for Sunday services.

“We have been talking to a number of people about where and when she was last seen,” Jackson said. “The last person we talked to said she was last seen Friday night into Saturday on Orange Street, standing on the street corner.”

No damage was apparent at the church, he said.