Two Mississippi men who took a vehicle that was labeled with a “free car” sign later discovered a dead body in the trunk. Copiah County Sheriff Byron Swilley said that a man drove from Bryam to Copiah County before they realized about the corpse in the car. Talk about a nightmare!
- The car was found with the keys still in it. Not only did it have a “free car” sign in the window, WLBT reports, but the keys were still inside the vehicle, leading the two men to happily drive off in it. The body discovered in the trunk was found several days later unclothed.
- The dead man was later identified as 34-year-old Anthony Mccrillis. Byram Police Chief David Errington said in a statement: “He was identified through his tattoos and confirmed through his immediate family of his identity.” Police haven’t yet determined where the original crime happened.
- The car was parked on the side of Old Byram Road all day long. A junkyard employee saw it later that day, with manager Dan Peacock saying that despite seeing it several times that day, it was gone the following morning. “[I] never stopped and looked or anything, but I knew it was kind of unusual. I figured somebody was driving down here to sell it. We buy a bunch of cars. I figured somebody was driving down to sell it, and it quit on them or something. Just never dawned on me that something like that went on,” he said. “I wish I would have looked into it further,” Peacock said. “I might’ve been able to help them a little bit further with it, but I just never stopped and looked at it. If I had stopped and looked at it, I would’ve probably tripped. I would’ve probably flipped out if I had stopped and seen something like that.”
- Mccrillis had been seen alive just a few days prior. Errington revealed that Mccrillis was seen alive at 9 p.m. on Friday night, the night before the vehicle was seen parked. There were no signs of trauma on the body and police are now investigating.