Update on July 1, 2019
On Sunday, June 30 as investigators were steadily following leads and conducting interviews, the vehicle of the victim whose body was found on Tucker's Crossing bridge a couple of days earlier was spotted in the Laurel city limits, according to information released by the Jones County Sheriff's Department today.
A pursuit ensued with the assistance of the Laurel Police Department. After a brief pursuit, the vehicle came to a stop and the driver, Stephen McLaurin, 53, of Ellisville, was identified. McLaurin was taken into custody and charged with felony fleeing and felony taking of a motor vehicle.
During the interview McLaurin said he was a friend of the victim. He went on to confess that on the morning of the incident the two were “alligator hunting” off the Tucker’s Crossing Bridge. A few shots had been fired by both of them off of the bridge. McLaurin’s gun jammed and when he was trying to dislodge the gun, it accidentally fired, striking the victim. McLaurin said he panicked and fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. He admitted he never attempted to call 911. He also admitted to panicking once again when he fled from law enforcement a couple of days later.
An additional charge of murder in the second degree (murder that is not premeditated) has been added to McLaurin’s charges.
McLaurin will make his initial appearance at Jones County Justice Court on Tuesday, July 2 at 1:00 p.m.
The Jones County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Ellisville and Laurel Police Departments for their assistance with this case.
Update on June 30, 2019
The Jones County Sheriff’s Office has within its possession the vehicle belonging to the victim of a suspicious death from June 28, 2019. One subject is in custody and charged with felony fleeing and possession of a stolen vehicle. The investigation continues. Details will be released as they become available.
June 28, 2019
Early this evening, Jones County Sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded to a call of a possible body lying on the Tucker’s Crossing bridge (which is closed) just outside of the city limits of Ellisville.
Investigators are diligently searching for clues, including what events might have led up to the discovery of the body of the white male. The name is not being released at this time. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
The investigation continues, according to Sheriff Alex Hodge's office, and additional details will be released as they become available. The Jones County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Ellisville Police Department for their assistance.