Follow-up to: Politician found with gunshot to her head -- CBS: "Does not appear to be a natural death" -- Was directing BP oil spill fine money -- 5th Mississippi lawmaker to die in recent months (VIDEO)
The Clarion-Ledger, 12:09p ET: Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis said Rep. Jessica Upshaw, R-Diamonhead, was found dead in the garage of a Mendenhall residence, just feet from where her car was parked. The sheriff said Upshaw appeared to be standing under the garage door between the garage and driveway when she died. Lewis said Upshaw apparently shot herself with a small-caliber handgun. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is still looking into the case, and no official determination has been made as to her death. Upshaw was found dead Sunday at the home of former Rep. Clint Rotenberry, R-Mendenhall, Lewis said. The two were thought to have been dating for several years. [...]
Mississippi Press, 12:34p ET: “The sheriff is saying a lot more than we’re comfortable saying at this point,” said MBI spokesman Warren Strain. “We have nothing new. We’re still doing our investigation. We’re still processing what was collected yesterday. “There will be an autopsy conducted and more information gathered from that. We’re pressing on with our investigation.” [...] Strain said earlier that the shooting occurred Sunday about 1 p.m. No one has been arrested in the case.
“She’s passed; that’s all I know at this point. I’ve given it to MBI. They’re doing their investigation on it.” -Simpson County Coroner Terry Tutor
“The investigators are conducting interviews and following leads. It would be premature to make any statement regarding the investigation at this point.” -MBI spokesman Warren Strain
Published: March 25th, 2013 at 1:32 pm ET