The Carroll County Sheriff's Department and the Vaiden Police Department would later discover Sandhv, 62, dead in his room at the Old Vaiden Motel, adjacent to the truck stop on Highway 35. He was pronounced dead by Carroll County Coroner Ken Strachan. Sandhv lived in the room while working as a clerk at the truck stop.
According to Carroll County Chief Deputy Rob Banks, the initial autopsy showed that Sandhv died of natural causes.
"We treated this like it was foul play, and his body was sent to Jackson for an autopsy," Banks said.
According to Banks, the old Vaiden Motel is not in operation, but was being occupied by Sandhv.
"He [Sandhv] had been out on sick leave and his bosses were trying to get in touch with him," Banks said. "They couldn't get him to answer his phone and couldn't get him to come to the door."
Banks said after the discovery, Sandhv's body was sent to the Mississippi State Crime Lab.