Investigators are awaiting the results of DNA testing to determine the identity of a body found Tuesday near Cairo.
Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar said the body of an unidentified male was located around 11:45 a.m. in a wooded area near the railroad in the Cairo community. The remains appeared to have been in the woods for several weeks.
The body was discovered by a person searching for Michael Paul Massengill of Burnsville, said Tolar.
Massengill has been missing since leaving his father’s home on County Road 1471 in the Cairo area on foot on Sept. 19.
The sheriff said they have not positively identified the body. Coroner Greg Sparks obtained DNA from a family member of Massengill to be compared to the body.
He said there were no initial signs of foul play, but they are waiting for autopsy results to determine the cause and manner of death.
Sheriff’s Department Investigator Torie Jumper is in charge of the investigation.