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‘Person of interest’ in homicide found dead
by Amanda Sexton Ferguson, Editor and Publisher
Jun 05, 2014 | 790 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WINONA – Law enforcement discovered the body of a Winona man who was being sought as a person of interest in a homicide investigation.

The body of Timothy Burress, 32, of Winona was found in a wooded area behind a home located at 1207 Highway 82, by officers with the Winona Police Department late Tuesday afternoon. Winona Chief of Police Johnny Hargrove said the investigation into Timothy Burress’ death is being conducted by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation’s Mark Steed.

Steed did not release Timothy Burress’ cause of death and said that the body had been transported to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson for an autopsy late Tuesday afternoon. He said he expected a preliminary autopsy report to be completed sometime Wednesday.

Soon after the murder investigation began, Hargrove and Winona Police Captain Tommy Bibbs announced that Timothy Burress was a “person of interest” in the investigation of the murder of his mother, Cheryl Burress.

Cheryl Burress, 55, was found murdered in her home at 421B Walthall Street in Winona on Saturday, May 31.

According to Bibbs, officers found Cheryl Burress dead in her bedroom while performing a welfare check of the household. He said it is believed she died sometime Friday.

Police did not release the cause of death, but Bibbs said the manner of her death was not by natural causes.

Amanda Grant, 22, who was inside the house when police arrived, was questioned and arrested in connection with Cheryl Burress’ death. According to police, Grant and Timothy Burress were in a relationship, and both lived in the home at 421B Walthall Street with the victim, Cheryl Burress.

Timothy Burress was not at the residence when police arrived, and a warrant was issued for his arrest Saturday night. Winona Police Department issued a “be on the lookout” [BOLO] Saturday evening for Timothy Burress, who was said to be driving the victim’s 2002 Dodge Durango.

Hargrove said the Winona Police Department discovered the vehicle Monday but were not able to locate Timothy Burress at the time.

Grant is currently being held without bond at Grenada County Jail.

Hargrove said more information would be released as the investigation progresses.

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