After Marty Breazeale was arrested and charged with the first degree murder of his girlfriend Brittany Holifield, officials received reports that another body may be in the Leaf River where Holifield was found.
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“We are following leads regarding a possible second victim who was murdered and dumped in the Leaf River around the same time as Brittany Nicole Holifield,” said JCSD investigator JD Carter. “This information is unconfirmed and approximately 30 callers who reported it were unable to provide a name.”
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Carter said there were also no missing person reports to link to the leads.
“We have received information that a male may have been put in the Leaf River at the same time as Holifield,” Carter said. “At the moment nothing is confirmed, but whenever we have information we will do what we need to do to verify and debunk or confirm the rumours.”
The biggest hurdle right now is that they don’t have any information on the matter, Sheriff Joe Berlin said.
“They say (the person is) a black male, but no one knows his name or any information about him,” Berlin said.
However, law enforcement and other teams are conducting scuba diving operations, surface water searches, and bank searches. The Jones County Sheriff’s Department, the Jones County Search and Recovery Dive Team, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and the Jones County Emergency Management Agency were on site. Sheriff Joe Berlin on stage in command with game wardens, JCSD deputies and investigators, including staff who are part of the dive team, volunteer dive team divers and management staff on-site emergencies.
Holifield was found Sunday by two boaters in the Leaf River about a quarter mile south of the 590 Freeway bridge. Her body was sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Gulfport Monday morning and identified. The autopsy revealed that Holifield’s manner of death was homicide and the cause was blunt force trauma to the head.
Investigators were able to connect Holifield to Breazeale through family and friends who said the two had a “violent” romantic relationship. When investigators made contact with Breazeale, he fled and a five-hour, 13-agency manhunt began. Breazeale was captured near the Bok Homa casino after casino workers spotted him drinking cranberry drinks.
Crews are searching the same area of the Hwy 590 bridge landing and further up the Leaf River as noted in advice received at the JCSD.
Breazeale made his first appearance on Wednesday in which he told reporters that “yes, he was sorry” and that he was “requesting the death penalty”.
When a reporter asked him why he did it, he said “I was on drugs and didn’t know what I was doing” and that he “missed him a lot and was really sorry for his family”.
Judge Sonny Saul gave him no bond.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to call JCSD at 601-425-3147 or Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP (7867).