[UPDATE] Sheriff: 3 bodies found in abandoned house thought to be missing Mississippi family, Timothy Burns arrested.
A Mississippi family is missing and considered ‘endangered’ after their car was found abandoned and overturned in a Hermanville, Miss. ditch on Saturday morning. Atira Hughes-Smith, 30, her 7-year-old-son Jaidon Hill, and her husband, Laterry Smith, 34, were last seen driving their car on Friday after they left a Halloween party in Flowood.
KLTV reports Atira Hughes-Smith, who is a nursing assistant at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, called family members Friday and said she was going out of town “for a couple of days.” The phone call abruptly ended.
Copiah County sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a burning car on a rural county road Saturday morning. When they arrived at the scene, they found the overturned smoldering Dodge SUV with a broken sunroof and a damaged left fender. No-one was inside the vehicle. The deputies had initially assumed the SUV owners deliberately set the car on fire, but when they ran the license plate and called family members, they discovered the family was missing, ABC News reports.
The case turned stranger on Monday when Jackson police found a wallet belonging to Altira Hughes-Smith and “other items connected to the missing family” was found in a dumpster at a gas station in South Jackson, located near the home of Smith’s mother.