- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Six more suspects have been indicted by a Forrest County grand jury for their involvement in an alleged fraternity scavenger hunt gone wrong resulting in the deaths of two Chilean flamingos at the Hattiesburg Zoo.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1HLtqnX) each of the six is charged with grand larceny and conspiracy.

A seventh suspect, Devin Nottis, 19, of Pascagoula, was indicted in April on the same two charges y in connection with the incident last October at the z Zoo that resulted in the death of the two birds.

Hattiesburg Police have said suspects - all local college students - were involved in the bird deaths as part of a Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity scavenger hunt. Authorities say Nottis took a flamingo from the zoo instead of just taking a photo of it.

Both Nottis and the fraternity’s chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi have been suspended.

The six arrested Monday were Tyler Branch, 21, of Pascagoula; Richard Colton Coletta, 21, of Gautier; Addonis Harris, 20, of Pascagoula; Cole Mitchell, 23, of Hattiesburg; Alec Newton, 20, of Gautier; and Bobby Scott, 18, of Gautier.

According to police, the incident took place in the early morning hours of Oct. 6. Security camera tape showed four individuals entering the zoo about 1 a.m. An eyewitness reported a group of people scaling the zoo’s fence carrying what appeared to be a large bird.

The female Chilean flamingo was returned to the zoo, but was euthanized because of injuries sustained. Zoo officials said a second flamingo, believed to be the first’s mate, also was injured in the heist and had to be put down.

The zoo has not replaced the two birds lost.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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