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Suspect denied bond in murder case of missing Yazoo County man

Jackson WLBT logo Jackson WLBT 2/18/2020 ShaCamree Gowdy
a man looking at the camera: Phillip Dunn. © Provided by Jackson WLBT Phillip Dunn.

YAZOO COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - A man has been charged with murder in a missing persons case that turned into a murder investigation in Yazoo County.

According to Yazoo County Investigator Terry Gann, 38-year-old Tommy White Jr. of Benton was arrested Sunday and charged with the murder of Phillip Dunn.

White made his initial court appearance Tuesday and was denied bond. He will remain in the custody of the Yazoo County Sheriff’s Department.

Dunn’s family reported him missing Wednesday, February 12, after not hearing from him for about a week. His body has not been recovered, but officials are currently searching for it in the Yazoo River area. White did not give officials a location of the body.

The family said Dunn’s vehicle was found abandoned on Highway 49 with traces of human blood shortly after he was reported missing.

A man whose body was found in Jackson on February 13 was also a suspect in Dunn’s dissappearance.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart identified him as 36-year-old Marcus Journigan.

Journigan’s body was found on the railroad tracks on Ford Avenue. He had been shot multiple times.

Yazoo County investigators had been searching for Journigan as a suspect in Dunn’s death.

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