Body found near Mississippi River is that of missing mayoral candidate

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Clarksdale, MS, United States (4E) – Authorities confirmed Wednesday that the body recovered near a river is that of a 34-year-old mayoral candidate from Clarksdale, Mississippi who was reported missing a day before.

Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department said the body of Marco McMillian, who had been missing since early Tuesday, was found around 8:30 a.m. near Mississippi River.

USA Today reported that some sources have revealed that 22-year-old Lawrence Reed, who was declared a person of interest, has been detained.

McMillian’s disappearance was discovered after his SUV, being driven by Reed, crashed into another vehicle around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday near the Coahoma County-Tallahatchie County line.

Both drivers were rushed to different hospitals. Reed was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, while the other driver was treated and has been released.

A search was started after officials confirmed that McMillian was not in his vehicle during the accident.

McMillian filed his mayoral candidacy earlier this year and promised to fight crime and high unemployment.

Jarod Keith, McMillian’s campaign spokesman, said the candidate was openly gay but that it was not an issue during the campaign.

Keith added that McMillian will be remembered as a bold and passionate public servant, whose faith informed every aspect of his life.

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