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Former Hammond shop owner murdered in Vicksburg

Former Hammond shop owner murdered in Vicksburg
Posted: Jun 29, 2015
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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A former Hammond business owner who was instrumental in the revitalization of the downtown area was found murdered late Sunday in Vicksburg.

Mississippi News Now reported Monday that the body of Sharen Wilson, 69, formerly of Hammond, was found by a group of “ghost hunters” at an abandoned state hospital in Vicksburg late Sunday.

Authorities have classified the woman’s death as a homicide. They say she suffered trauma to the head.

Earlier in the day, police recovered the victim’s stolen car in Leland, Miss. The Vicksburg Post reports that the suspects broke into the Drummond Street home and abducted the woman late Saturday. One of the men claimed to be cooperating with the police and led them on a search for where they had reportedly “dropped off” the woman in Sharkey County.

Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong told the Vicksburg Post, "The gentleman that we had with us that had been arrested in Leland was to show us where he had let the lady out of the vehicle, but that never panned out. We ended up canvassing several turn roads up there in hopes to find her, but we didn’t. We don’t believe that he was being truthful; we believe he was lying the whole time and only came back to Vicksburg when we heard that a body had been found.”

On Monday, friends of the Wilson family mourned her passing on social media.

Wilson and her late husband Dixon Wilson were well-known in the downtown Hammond business community. Their “Old Frame Shop” was a landmark in downtown Hammond, and Sharen Wilson was a key member of the Downtown Development District’s efforts to revitalize Hammond’s downtown area in the late 1990s and early 2000 period. The pair moved to Mississippi several years ago.

Funeral arrangements are pending.
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