Southaven police investigate mysterious death

SOUTHVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Southaven police spent Tuesday investigating an early morning fire that left one person dead under mysterious circumstances.

"She was one of the nicest people in the world you could talk to," Rogers said of the victim. "I don't know...every memory is a great memory."

Tuesday, memories were all that Rogers had left.  Early in the morning, a fire broke out in the home of her aunt, Jo Stamps.  Firefighters were able to quickly douse the flames, but it was too late for Stamps.

What troubled police was the location of Stamps' body.  While the fire was contained to one small room inside her home, Stamps' body was found in a separate room.  Investigators said her body was not burned, but her head had visible injuries.

As police waited to for an official cause of death to be issued by a medical examiner, they attempted to find Stamps' nephew, who lived with her but could not be found.

"To find out his whereabouts during this and see if he could shed some light on what could've happened," Southaven Police Lt. Mark Little said.

Both police and family members said they wanted to know if he was in involved, and if he's in danger - or otherwise.

"We know he's scared, but we just want to make sure he's okay," Rogers said.

Officials would not release the name of Roger's nephew, saying he's not a suspect or a person of interest at this time.

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