Hunters find scorched vehicle, human remains near MS line; Ward believed to have been found after missing 89 days

Arthur Ward

HAMILTON - Law enforcement officials are saying that remains found within a burnt vehicle may belong to a missing 69-year-old Choctaw County senior citizen, Arthur Lawrence Ward, who went missing in October.
Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams said that on Saturday, Jan. 5,  the Marion County Sheriff’s Department received a call from Vernon resident Shawn Gottwald that he and a group of hunters had come across a completely-burned vehicle in a remote and deeply wooded area while deer hunting.
The vehicle was a quarter of a mile off of an intersection on Reedy Branch Road, on private hunting land, only a few miles from the Mississippi State Line. Williams said that though the vehicle was in Marion County, the road has a Vina address.


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