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Investigators release name of wanted man found dead

Investigators in North Mississippi are working to figure out how a man who was the target of a DeSoto County warrant died. Investigators in North Mississippi are working to figure out how a man who was the target of a DeSoto County warrant died.

(WMC-TV) - Investigators have released the name of a fugitive who was found dead Tuesday after a DeSoto County manhunt.

Tracy Wooten's body was found Tuesday morning after hours of searching.

DeSoto County deputies tried to serve a warrant to Wooten in Tate County Monday night. Investigators said the suspect ran when he saw the deputies.

"It kind of scared me though, because I'm sitting inside and all of the sudden I walk outside and there's cops everywhere," said Jessica Smith.

Several law enforcement agencies helped in the search for the wanted man and warned neighbors, including Smith, to stay inside their homes.

"There was a lot of cops," said Smith. "There was three state troopers sitting in my driveway. There was U.S. Marshals all in front of the house. There was 15 dogs here last night."

The search was finally called off when the weather turned bad Monday night, but it resumed Tuesday morning.

That's when his body was found in a field on Pigeon Roost Road.

"I figured if he stayed out all night he'd be cold; he'd probably die," said Smith. "It was cold."

Investigators are waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine how the suspect died.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is now handling the investigation.

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