Family of missing Brookhaven woman relieved for answers - - Jackson, MS

Family of missing Brookhaven woman relieved for answers

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© Charles and Virginia Ratliff © Charles and Virginia Ratliff

BROOKHAVEN, MS (WLBT) - The family of Virginia Ratliff is relieved to finally have answers to questions about her disappearance almost three years ago.

The remains of the 82-year-old Brookhaven woman were discovered Friday morning in Jefferson County. A new land owner was walking his property line near the intersection of Highways 28 and 33 when he discovered her Mercury Grand Marquis.

Deputies then located clothing and a human skull. According to Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker, Ratliff's belongings and keys were nearby. Foul play is not suspected. Investigators believe after Ratliff visited her husband at the VA Hospital in Jackson she became disoriented and traveled off the highway.

"There's no question that this is a reality, this is Virginia. We knew how she dressed. We knew what she wore and in the back seat of the car, I learned this afternoon there was a copy of the Brookhaven Leader of that day. So she had taken her paper evidently to her husband to the hospital," said Ratliff's brother, Caby Byrne.

Ratliff went missing February 28th, 2008. Her husband of 62 years, Charles Ratliff, died in July of last year.

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