UPDATE: Victim Found in Freezer Died of Strangulation, Autopsy Concludes


UPDATE: (10:00 am) — Autopsy results conclude that Jerry Floyd Kirkendall, whose body was found in a freezer, died of strangulation. UPDATE: (12:10 pm) — Authorities now consider Thomas Stafford armed and dangerous.  Sheriff Mike Ezell says that the relative who purchased the stolen car from Stafford gave him cash and a 9MM Taurus Pistol for the car.

MT. VERNON, AL (WKRG) — Investigators have located the vehicle of a suspect in the murder of an Indiana man whose body was found in freezer in Mississippi.

Authorities say the 2001 gold Cadillac belonging to murder suspect Thomas Elliot Stafford, 40, was found in Mt. Vernon, about 20 miles north of Mobile.  Stafford is still on the run and could be in the Mt. Vernon area.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell says a cousin of Stafford told Mt. Vernon Police that Stafford sold him the gold Cadillac on March 5, two days after Stafford was last seen. The car was found at the cousin’s house, though no charges have been filed against the family member.

Stafford is the primary suspect in the murder of his former roommate, Jerry Floyd Kirkendall, who was found dead in the freezer of a rental home in Latimer, Mississippi.

A capital murder warrant has been issued for Stafford’s arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

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