UPDATED: Body discovered in Lauderdale County, Miss.

UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.

WAW spoke with Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun who verified that the body found this afternoon is not that of missing Demopolis, Ala. native Rebecca Henderson Paulk.

“We have not identified the body via dental records yet, but we can tell you that it is not the missing Paulk girl,” said Calhoun. “We have been in contact with the family of the girl whose body was found today, and they have been notified, but it is not the missing Demopolis native.”


A body described as belonging to a blonde woman in her mid-20s was found by a fisherman near a pond in northern Lauderdale County, Miss., on Tuesday afternoon. The body has not yet been identified.

Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler said he believes the body has been there since late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

“We could not determine the cause of death. We didn’t see anything but that doesn’t meant that nothing was there,” said Cobler.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.

The West Alabama Watchman will update this story as more information becomes available.