Two dead, one sought in Claiborne County

Published 11:30 am Friday, August 29, 2014

Two bodies of unidentified women were found in creeks Thursday in Claiborne County, and a Pattison man identified as a person of interest is on the lam.

One body was found at about 3 p.m. in a creek off Nesmith Road and the other was found in a creek  at about 4 p.m. off Barland Road near the Copiah County line, Claiborne County Sheriff Marvin Lucas said.

“We have sent them to the crime lab and are waiting on a positive ID,” Lucas said.

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Dennis Develle McCay, 32, 4058 Barland Road, Pattison, is wanted for questioning in the double homicide. He was being sought this morning by Claiborne County deputies and agents from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.

Lucas says McCay was last seen with the women.

McCay is described as a black male, five feet, five inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

McCay is considered armed and dangerous, MBI spokesman Warren Strain said.

Anyone with information regarding McCay’s whereabouts is asked to call the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation at 601-987-1530 or Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office at 601-437-5161.

Abounded purse leads to burglary arrest

A purse found in the middle of the road early this morning led to the arrest of a burglary suspect.

David Stewart, 20, 1171 Burnthouse Road, was arrested by Cpl. Jonathan Hern at about 4 a.m. today and charged with auto burglary and possession of stolen property, Sheriff Martin Pace said.

At about 3 a.m. Hern, while on patrol, found a purse in the middle of Goodrum Road, Pace said. Inside the purse was identification saying that the owner lived in the 500 block of Goodrum. Hern went to the home and woke up the residents who discovered that a .40-caliber pistol, the purse and a wallet had been stolen from their vehicles, Pace said.

Shortly after leaving the home on Goodrum Road, Hern saw a Jeep Cherokee driving slowly on Lakeside drive and stopped the vehicle, which was driven by Stewart, Pace said.

“In plain sight on the floor board was a .40-caliber handgun,” Pace said.

The gun was identified as having been stolen from one of the vehicles on Goodrum Road, Pace said.

Warren County detective Chris Satcher is now lead investigator and more arrests are expected, Pace said.

The burglary was the seventh theft reported in two days in Warren County.

Also at about 4 a.m. today, a wallet valued at $50 was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 400 block of Goodrum Road. At the same time, electronic scales, a tool set, a length of copper wire and a socket set were reported missing from the 6000 block of Castle Drive, according to Warren County sheriff’s records.

At about 7 a.m. Thursday, two CDs and change were reported missing from a Ford Escape in the 5800 Jeff Davis Road, Pace said. In the same driveway on Jeff Davis, a jacket and two speakers were reported missing from a Chevrolet truck.

While deputies were at the home, another auto burglary call came in from the 6300 block of Jeff Davis where a 9mm pistol and $5 were stolen from a Ford Taurus, Pace said.

At 1 p.m. Thursdays, $5 was reported missing from a Volkswagen in the 800 block Mallet Road, Pace said.