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Neighbors: Loner lived in booby trapped home

There are still more questions than answers in Southaven where investigators are trying to figure out where a dead body came from and why a house was rigged with explosives. There are still more questions than answers in Southaven where investigators are trying to figure out where a dead body came from and why a house was rigged with explosives.

(WMC-TV) – There are still more questions than answers in Southaven where investigators are trying to figure out where a dead body came from and why a house was rigged with explosives.

Investigators aren't releasing much information right now, however, they are piecing together clues to see if there's a link between the house fire and a dead body.

Connie Raspberry is still trying to make sense of the strange and mysterious case surround the death of her neighbor, 42-year-old Kenneth Wayne Cross.

"It's kind of weird," she said. "It's sad. Actually, I think it's really sad."

It all began around 10 o'clock Monday morning after a fire broke out at a home on Martin Cove in Olive Branch. That's where officers pulled Cross' body from the blaze. They say he died from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

"I think it's terrible," said neighbor Anna Woodall. "I just live the simple life and for something like this to happen."

At the scene, authorities searched Cross' car and found his vehicle registration which led investigators to his home in the 1500 block of Whitehead.

But the house had been booby-trapped. Officers found a hand grenade wired to the back door, lots of ammunition and a note.

"You often wonder with instability and weapons," said Raspberry. "What a combination."

Action News 5 was told that Cross did know the owners of the burned out house, though it's not know how.

For now, Cross' neighbors are left wondering about the man they say kept a low profile.

"In the 20 years I've been here, it's significant to me that nobody really knew him," said Raspberry.

Authorities say the cause of the fire is still under investigation tonight.

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