ME: Human remains found in Panola County belong to missing businessman

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PANOLA COUNTY, Miss. — The Mississippi Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the remains discovered this past month belong to a missing local businessman.

Sanjay Patel disappeared on October 3, but his remains were not discovered until late February in Panola County.

Patel owned Five Star Wine and Spirits on Houston Levee Road. Authorities say he disappeared from his store and was last seen with a man named Marcus Perry. Several days later, police were called to Perry’s home after his brother found him dead.

A search warrant uncovered evidence that led authorities to believe Perry had killed Patel, then dumped his body in Panola County.

An exhaustive search of the area failed to turn up any evidence.

On February 25, Bartlett Police were told a farmer within their initial search area had discovered a bag in a wooded area. Those remains were positively identified as those of Mr. Patel.

An official cause of death has not been determined.