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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — The remains of a body found in a backyard of a Southaven home back in January have been identified.

Police named the deceased as Lawrence Houston, who was born in 1952 and from the DeSoto County area.

Police believe he had been buried for about six years.

DNA helped the Mississippi Medical Examiner’s Office identify him.

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville also helped with uncovering and identifying the body.

The case is being treated as a homicide.

A tip from an inmate led investigators to discover the remains in the 2600 block of Stanton Road.

Police said they don’t believe that inmate is connected to the death.

However, a man locked up in Shelby County at the time on separate charges, Josef Schnabl, was found to be associated with the property.

The family member of another inmate contacted WREG this past summer, saying Schnabl told her family member about the remains last winter.

Authorities have not officially connected Schnabl with Houston’s death.

If you have any information on this case, call DeSoto County Crime Stoppers at (662) 429-TIPS or Southaven Police at (662) 393-8652.