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Authorities identify body found in creek

Authorities have identified a Burnsville man as the individual whose body was found floating in Rhodes Branch on April 4.

Tishomingo County Coroner Mack Wilemon said the man has been identified as John Lovelace, 38, of Burnsville. The coroner confirmed the man was the individual whom they had originally believed it to be.

Lovelace was reportedly a fugitive from the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Wilemon said Lovelace's MDOC ankle bracelet had been cut off.

"He got it one day and cut it off the next day and wasn't heard from again," said Wilemon.

The coroner said the cause of death for Lovelace was "undetermined" and the autopsy results were "inconclusive." He did confirm that there were no traumatic injuries reported.

Lovelace was originally found floating face down in the branch alongside Tishomingo County Road 180 (Mt. Gilead Road), about a mile south of U.S. Highway 72. He was discovered by a Tishomingo Electric Power Company crew that was working in the area.

Lovelace was reportedly last heard from on Feb. 21. His vehicle was towed from a residence on County Road 180 on Feb. 28 — within a mile of where he was later found.