Tuesday, November 5 2013 12:35 PM EST2013-11-05 17:35:17 GMT
BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Hundreds of people gathered Monday night at Trinity United Methodist Church in Brandon. Many are relatives of 30-year-old Atira Hughes-Smith and her 7 year old sonMore >>
Hundreds of people gathered Monday night at Trinity United Methodist Church in Brandon. Many are relatives of 30-year-old Atira Hughes-Smith and her 7 year old son Jaidon Hill who are missing along with her husband, 34-year-old LaTerry Smith.More >>
COPIAH COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Copiah County Coroner Ellis Stuart says the three bodies found inside an abandoned house Tuesday are the missing family, and tells us all three were shot.
The bodies were found inside an abandoned house off Shelby Road, about a mile from where the family's car was found over the weekend. The bodies have been taken to the state crime lab.
Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones says, "The sad part is we have a young child who has lost his life and will not be able to grow up to be the person he should have been."
Forty-two year old Timothy Burns, of Jackson, who has been taken into custody in connection with the case, led authorities to the three bodies early Tuesday morning. Sheriff Jones says Burns will face charges in the case.
Thirty-year-old Atira Hughes Smith, her 7-year-old son Jaidon Hill and Hughes' husband, 34 year old Laterry Smith, disappeared Friday night. Their car was found upside-down and burned in Copiah County, about a mile from where the bodies were found on Tuesday.
Sheriff Jones says he does not believe the family was in the car when it wrecked.
On Monday, police in Jackson found items in a dumpster at a Shell station at 1133 Raymond Road that were connected to the missing family, including clothing and a photo ID.