(Lafayette Co., MS) Investigators want to know if a body found Sunday afternoon in Lafayette County is that of a man missing for the past month.
It'll take an autopsy to confirm whether remains found West of Oxford, Mississippi are those of a missing 27-year-old man.
Sheriff's deputies are tight-lipped about the case, but those who knew the man are bracing for bad news,
Josh Tinner went to high school with Mckenzie Darrel Frierson: the 27-year old Lafayette County man missing for over a month, "I know it was kind of odd he became missing, because he was one of them people you did always kind of see. So when he came up missing we kind of knew something was wrong."
Tinner lives on County Road 173 not far from Frierson's home in West Springhill, a small community near Oxford.
Tinner says it's hard to believe the man he played basketball with may now be dead, "I am very surprised about what happened. Cause really he was just a cool, outgoing guy. Everybody knew who he was. He was just real friendly, everybody knew him."
Lafayette County deputies aren't saying exactly where in a wooded area west of Oxford the body was discovered Sunday afternoon.
Investigators say there's a strong possibility the remains are Frierson's because there are no other missing persons reported.
In the Brittany Woods subdivision in east Oxford, a tattered flyer with Frierson's picture, is still taped to a stop sign.
The neighborhood was reportedly the last place the man was seen alive.
Dino Johnson lives in Brittany Woods subdivision and remembers the day Frierson's family posted the man's picture, "And I was just like, wow, you know somebody's loved one is missing. I'm quite sure they're very worried about him and concerned. And you know I just wondered."
An investigator with the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department told News Channel Three he expects an autopsy report possibly Tuesday. That report would positively identify the body and give a cause of death.