Pike County man tortured before his death, family says

Courtesy of WJTV

Courtesy of WJTV

PIKE COUNTY, Miss. — Homicide detectives are investigating the brutal death of a Pike County man.

Cort Gatlin went missing in late August, but was found Thursday in the Bogue Chitto River.

His brother, Edward Gatlin, spoke with WJTV and said his brother was tortured before his death.

“We saw it this morning,” Edward Gatlin said, the victim’s brother. “We did see his body. They showed us his body. He had been duct taped. He had top of his head, we don’t know if it was a bullet shot or someone took an ax or something, bust the top of his head with it. He was burnt. Yeah, we know he was tortured, we know it.”

Authorities have not named a suspect in the case.