Body discovered in wooded lot near Loosahatchie River

A man came upon something unsettling beyond the pavement at the dead end of Benjestown Road Saturday afternoon.

"He was out four-wheeling and came upon what he thought was a man's body and contacted authorities and we came out and sure enough, it was," said Steve Shular, of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Neighbors said the area is a hotbed for trouble.

Virginia Robinson said people have started fires back there and her son stumbled upon a man shot in that area less than a year ago.

She said the discovery of a dead body is disturbing in a place where so many people go fishing and four-wheeling.

"Yeah, because there are a lot of kids down there," said Robinson. "A lot of times kids play down there."

Investigators said the victim appears to be a white male between 18 and 30-years-old and they don't know how long his body was on scene.

"The only thing that was near him was a car, a Hundai car, a '90s model, and it was near him. It looks like the car might have been stuck," Shular said.

As investigators work to find out if the man has any connection to that car, they'll have to wait for the medical examiner's report to unravel how he ended up on the stretch of dirt road near the Loosahatchie River.

It's a mystery right now how the man died, but investigators have a tag number for that car and they're trying to find out who owns it.