- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) - Rankin County authorities say the body of a missing woman has been found in the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey says 78-year-old Hattie L. Moore was reported missing about 8 p.m. Sunday from her daughter’s house in the Bridgepoint subdivision. Bailey says Moore was last seen walking across the causeway on Northshore Parkway toward Spillway Road.

WAPT-TV (http://bit.ly/1U8ftdL ) reports a search led to the recovery of Moore’s purse on the rocks off the parkway, and her body was found in the water later Sunday evening.

Bailey says Moore’s death appears to be an accidental drowning, but an autopsy will be performed to confirm the cause of death.

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Information from: WAPT-TV, http://www.wapt.com

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