By WMCActionNews5.com Staff| December 6, 2012 at 2:40 PM CST - Updated June 28 at 4:32 PM
(WMC-TV) – Family members and police both believe the body found in Tate County to be that of the north Mississippi man who had been missing since Friday. A positive I.D. has not yet been made.
Patrick Antonio Jones, 31, was reported missing by family members. His car was found near his home, which is near the Marshall-Tate county line.
Jones' family located the body Thursday morning in a trash can about 100 yards from Jones' house.
"I came down here and seen my garbage, in a garbage can, in the same spot we was searching yesterday," said Patrick Antonio Jones' brother, Mike Jones.
Tate County sheriff's deputies are processing the vehicle for clues.
"If I could say something to my baby? The main thing, I love him. I love my son," said Jones' mother, Alberta. "Whoever did this, need to turn themselves in, but if they don't, the Lord Jesus got it, he got it."
Family members suspect Jones was robbed, but investigators say it is too early to tell.
But however it happened, friends are appalled at how it was finished.
"They treated him like he was trash, that's how they basically did it like he was trash," said Jones' friend, Jermone Marion. "They thought they was tearing us up, but they pulling us closer together, because look, I'm on Jesus' side now, I'm not out there with no gun."
Investigators are urging the public to come forward with any information that may help them solve this crime. If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Tate County Sheriff's Office.