Homicide suspected in Miss. candidate's death

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 8:05 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a Mississippi mayoral candidate has been found dead and the case is being investigated as a homicide.

Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith says the body of 34-year-old Marco McMillian was found on the Mississippi River levee Wednesday about 10 a.m.

McMillian was running for mayor of Clarksdale, a Blues hub where actor and Mississippi native Morgan Freeman co-owns a blues club.

Authorities had been looking for McMillian since another man crashed the candidate's car into another vehicle on Tuesday.

The sheriff's office says a person of interest is in custody.

McMillian had served as international executive director of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. His campaign said he may have been the first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office in Mississippi.

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