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    Upshaw found dead at Simpson County home By Therese Apel The Clarion-Ledger JACKSON ­ Mississippi Bureau of Investigation officials are looking into the death
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 26 10:04 PM
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      Upshaw found dead at Simpson County home

      By Therese Apel

      The Clarion-Ledger

      JACKSON ­ Mississippi Bureau of Investigation officials are looking into the death of state Rep. Jessica Upshaw, who was found at a residence in Simpson County on Sunday.

      The 53-year-old Republican lawmaker from Diamondhead in Hancock County died of a gunshot wound to the head, Simpson County Sheriff told WLBT-TV.

      “It appeared to be self inflicted,” he said.

      Lewis told The Clarion-Ledger that Upshaw was found at the home of former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry in Mendenhall. Rotenberry was first elected to the House in 1992. He lost a Republican primary runoff in House District 77, covering parts of Rankin, Simpson and Smith counties, in 2007.. Simpson County Coroner Terry Tutor would not release any details on Upshaw’s death.

      “She’s passed; that’s all I know at this point,” he said. “I’ve given it to MBI. They’re doing their investigation on it.”

      MBI spokesman Warren Strain said the bureau was in the early stages of its investigation.

      “The crime scene unit is processing the residence, and the investigators are conducting interviews and following leads. It would be premature to make any statement regarding the investigation at this point.”

      Upshaw, who was single, had served in the Legislature, representing District 95, since 2004. She was chairwoman of the Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.


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