- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - Philadelphia police have identified a body found along a gravel road near Northside Park Tuesday night as 22-year-old Marquai Kirkland.

Police Chief Grant Myers says a driver discovered the body in a secluded area on the edge of town.

Myers says investigators don’t believe the man had been dead for more than a few hours when they found him. The case is being investigated as a homicide.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the state Crime Lab are assisting.

Police are waiting on an autopsy report to learn more about Kirkland’s exact cause of death.

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