Reports of a dog seen carrying a severed human arm by residents of Jackson, Mississippi, in early November ultimately led police to a bone-chilling discovery: a decapitated body.
According to Jackson Deputy Police Chief Deric Hearn, the headless body was found behind an abandoned house in the woods.
The discovery of the body came days after the dog was reported to have retrieved the arm. A video was even found circulating online of the disturbing scene.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart eventually identified the body as belonging to 54-year-old Scott Allen Tyler.
“That is a very graphic and brutal picture. The mutilation of a body, my reaction is one of disgust, is one of concern,” Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said at a recent news conference. “It’s not something you grow accustomed to. It’s never something you want to grow accustomed to.”
According to Hearn, the case marks the city’s 117th homicide this year.