COPY-Fugitive discovered dead after manhunt

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has taken over investigation of the death of a fugitive during a manhunt in DeSoto County.

The Commercial Appeal reports ( ) that a Hernando man who had eluded arrest on several felony warrants was found dead Tuesday after leading authorities on a manhunt that stretched from DeSoto County into Tate County.

Authorities say the body of 37-year-old Tracy L. Wooten was found by a DeSoto County deputy in a field in rural Tate County.

An autopsy has been ordered.

Authorities say Wooten fled when deputies arrived at his home Monday to serve the warrants.

After an overnight search, Wooten's body was found in the field.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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