Men missing since July found dead days after highway wreck

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Two Mississippi cousins reported missing last month have been found dead, apparent victims of an auto accident that went unnoticed, police said.

The bodies were found last week at the bottom of a 100-foot embankment near Centerville, about 45 miles southwest of Nashville. Police on Wednesday identified the victims as Anthony Earl Carpenter, 30, and Eddie Carpenter, 28, both of Leland, Miss.

Police said the terrain where the vehicle ran off Tennessee Highway 50 made it difficult to spot the wreckage below.

The men had been dead several days when the bodies were found, police said.

"The investigating trooper said that the vehicle hit gravel on the shoulder of the road, went airborne over a guardrail and crashed down a 100-foot embankment," Department of Safety spokeswoman Laura McPherson said.

The cousins went missing July 21 after leaving Jackson, Tenn., on the way to Memphis, family members have said.

McPherson said Tennessee Highway Patrol investigators suspect speed may have contributed to the wreck and that the driver may have fallen asleep.

Authorities aren't sure which man was driving because one victim was ejected from the vehicle and the other was partially ejected.

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