Warren County man reported missing died in motorcycle wreck

Published 2:15 pm Thursday, September 30, 2021

A Warren County man who was reported missing on Sunday died from injuries he received when his motorcycle left the road at the intersection of U.S. 61 North and North Washington Street.

According to information from the Vicksburg Police Department, Steven Strong, 66, was northbound on North Washington Street when the wreck occurred sometime between 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday. According to the accident report, Strong went in one direction and the motorcycle in another.

Assistant Warren County Fire Coordinator Shane Garrard found Strong’s remains and the motorcycle at about 2:25 p.m. Tuesday in an overgrown area near a creek close to the intersection.

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Garrard said he, County Fire Coordinator Jerry Briggs, Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Billy Joe Heggins and another deputy were searching for Strong in an area on MS 3 when he received a “ping” or signal from Strong’s phone that indicated he was closer to the Chickasaw community off North Washington Street.

“I told Jerry, let’s go back that way (to Chickasaw) and look and cover from North Washington back to Highway 3,” he said.

Garrard said he went by the Central Asphalt plant on North Washington Street and veered off the normal route, taking a bridge near the plant.

“I saw something blue in the kudzu and I backed up and saw some chrome and it was him (Strong),” he said.

Garrard found the site where Strong left the road, followed the track and found him.

Strong was declared dead at the scene by Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey. The wreck remains under investigation by Vicksburg police.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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