Body found hanging at Batesville Mounds

Published 5:53 pm Saturday, December 23, 2023

The body of a male subject was found hanging from a tree at Batesville Mounds Saturday afternoon. Early reports indicate the man had been at the location for at least a day.

A walker or jogger using the Mounds walking tracks called authorities after seeing the body about 4:30 p.m. Sources told the newspaper the body was that of a white male, and had evidently been at the scene “for a while.”

Police said there is no reason for the general public to be alarmed.

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Initial reports said there were no obvious signs of foul play, but those details will not be available until investigators make a preliminary statement. Because of the Christmas holiday, additional information may not be released until next week.

Coroner Gracie Grant-Gulledge has not yet released the name of the person found, nor his age or any known address.

Batesville Mounds is a popular exercise and nature walk area for Panola County residents. The Mounds was recently approved for a major facility upgrade, including pavilion, small museum, and restrooms.

The Mounds is located less than a half-mile from I-55 and signs advertising its location are on the interstate both north and south of the exit ramp at mile marker 243 where Love’s Travel Stop is located.