This story begins in 1985 when a body was discovered south of the Mississippi River Bridge in a field that floods when the Mississippi is at a high river stage. However, the body was discovered while the Mississippi was at a lower level.
Upon discovering the body, which was in a very bad stage of decomposing, the police identified the body based upon a billfold that was on or near the corpse. The billfold identified a person who had been missing for 2 years and the police announced the person as found. We’ll call this body #1.
Now fast forward 15 years to 2000.
Next door to Under-The-Hill-Saloon is the River Boat Gift Shop. It’s an old building much like the saloon with brick chimneys even though the chimneys are not used. The gift shop was undergoing some renovations with the contractors giving special attention to the old chimneys. During the chimney renovations the contractor discovered a skeleton that was head down in the chimney.
The police were called and they roped off the area. An investigation was begun and the skeleton was sent to the state crime lab in Jackson Mississippi for possible identification.
When the crime lab report came back to Natchez it showed that dental records provided a positive ID on the skeleton. The skeleton belonged to the person identified as found in 1985. We’ll call this body #2.
If the skeleton (body #2) took the identity of the body #1 found in 1985, who was found in 1985 and misidentified?
Maybe one day we will know the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey says.