Mississippi murder investigation leads to New Orleans

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A SERENE SHORLINE IN BAY ST. LOUIS... SAW THE AFTERMATH OF A HEINESS CRIME...

(5055-12:00:31:08) It's a homicide and we're going to treat it as such.

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CRIME SCENE TAPE MARKS THE AREA... WHERE DREDGING CREWS DISCOVERED THE REMAINS OF A WOMAN THURSDAY EVENING.

(5055-11:55:59:26) They noticed that something looked strange and they went over to investigate.. And discovered it.

REMAINS OF A WHITE WOMAN... POSSIBLY BETWEEN 15 AND 22 YEARS OLD.

PRELIMINARY REPORTS... INDICATE SHE HAD BEEN DEAD TWO TO THREE DAYS.

(5094 - 12:44:17:19 Jessica) The remains that washed ashore here included only a torso... Investigators say the victim had been decapitated and dismembered... Distinguishing marks include nipple and naval piercings and at least one tattoo.

WHILE INVESTIGATORS WITH THE HANCOCK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WOULDN'T COMMENT ON TATOOS... THEY DID DESCRIBE THE NAVAL RING... AS A TRIANGLE WITH RHINSTONES.

(5055 - 11:6:09:17 Sheriff) We are putting a lot of man hours on this... We have investigators now in New Orleans...

THEY'RE IN NEW ORLEANS... BECAUSE JAREN LOCKHART IS MISSING... THE 22-YEAR-OLD, WHITE FEMALE WITH TATOOS... VANISHED THE NIGHT OF JUNE 5TH.

(5055-11:56:45:09) We don't assume anything... we're going to let the evidence take us there.

THE EVIDENCE IS ALSO TAKING THEM TO GULFPORT... AND MOBILE, ALBAMA... WHERE THEY'RE REACHING OUT TO FAMILY MEMBERS OF OTHER MISSING WOMEN.

(5055 - 11:58:29:16 deputy) We feel with the information the family provide us... We'll be able to narrow down the search.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY'RE CONFIDENT... THEY WILL SOON I.D. THE VICTIM OF THIS BRUTAL CRIME... THE NEXT STEP WILL BE FINDING HER KILLER.