Mississippi State Legislator Found Dead
Sad news from the Mississippi political world tonight. State Representative Jessica Upshaw (R-Diamondhead) was found dead Sunday evening. Police spokesman Warren Strain would not comment on the cause of death other than to say the death did not appear to be from natural causes. Other sources have reported a gunshot wound to the head as the cause of death. From CBS:
Simpson County Coroner Terry Tutor says state Rep. Jessica Upshaw has died.
Tutor said the Diamondhead Republican died Sunday.
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain says the crime scene unit is at a home in Mendenhall, investigating her death.
Neither Strain nor Tutor would comment about the cause of death. Strain says it does not appear to be a natural death. The Clarion-Ledger reports the lawmaker died from a gunshot wound to the head, citing state Capitol sources.
Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis tells The Clarion-Ledger that she was found at the home of former Mississippi State Rep. Clint Rotenberry, who has not been arrested.
“We can’t really call what happened yet. I don’t know if it’s a suicide or what,” Lewis told the paper.
I don’t know what to make of this myself. Obviously a gunshot wound is one of two things: murder or suicide. Where she was found is what seems to be causing some confusion here, so all we know for sure is that it is not a natural death. I would expect they will release more information in the morning.
Our thoughts are with Rep. Upshaw’s family during this time.
UPDATE: It is has now been confirmed that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.