Authorities are investigating the hanging of a black man in Claiborne County, Ms., USA Today reports. FBI agent Jason Pack said the FBI and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are on the scene where a man’s body was found hanging in the woods. The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department was searching for Otis Byrd, 54, who has been missing since March 2.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections said Byrd spent a little over 25 years in prison for the murder of Lucille Trimm during a robbery. He was convicted of capital murder on Feb. 8, 1980, and was paroled Nov. 2, 2006. Trimm was the mother of Martha Rainville, the first woman in the history of the National Guard to serve as a state adjutant general when she became adjutant general in Vermont in 1997. Rainville lives in Virginia and is married to the Hon. Paul McHale, a former congressman from Pennsylvania and a former assistant secretary of Defense.