(Reuters) – The FBI is investigating the death of a black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi on Thursday in what may be a crime or a suicide, the agency said.
The man, whose name was not released, was found in a wooded area in Claiborne County, in western Mississippi, about half a mile from his home, Jackson-based FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Pack said in a statement.
The man had last been seen on March 2, and his family filed a missing-persons report six days later, Pack said, adding that the body was found in the course of a search conducted by local and state authorities.
“Investigators are currently processing the scene for evidence to determine the cause and manner of death,” Pack said.
Local authorities did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in New Orleans and Letitia Stein in Tampa, Fla.; Editing by Eric Beech)