Missing Miss. Family Found Dead, Suspect Arrested

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Atira Hill, 30, her 7-year-old son, Jaidon, Laterry Smith, 34

The bodies of Atira Hill, 30, her 7-year-old son, Jaidon Hill, and her husband, Laterry Smith, 34, (pictured above L-R) were discovered this morning in Hermanville, Miss. after the Jackson, Miss. family disappeared over the weekend after a car wreck, reports ABC News.com.

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The family was last seen driving away in their tan Dodge SUV on Friday and reported missing the same day. The vehicle was found abandoned and burning upside down in a ditch Saturday morning, said Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones.

Timothy Lydell Burns, 42, who led authorities to an old house where the three bodies were found, was arrested.

The entire family had been shot.

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Officer Colendula Green, a spokeswoman for the Jackson Police Department, told ABCNews.com that three bodies were found early this morning but declined to comment further.

On Monday afternoon, investigators were seen collecting items from a Dumpster at a Shell gas station in Jackson, Miss., that were linked to the family, reported ABC’s Jackson affiliate WAPT-TV.

Among the items found were bloody clothes and Hill’s ID badge from her job at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, WAPT-TV reported.

A hospital spokesman had confirmed earlier to ABC News that an Atira Hill-Smith worked at the hospital but had not shown up for work on Monday.

King said she last spoke with Hill a week ago but knew of a “strange” conversation that Hill had with her mother.

“Atira told her mother on Friday that she was going out of town and something had just come up,” King said. “She said that they were going to see some of Laterry’s people about some business.”

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