Head trauma kills first homicide victim of year in Vicksburg - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Head trauma kills first homicide victim of year in Vicksburg

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The investigation continues into Vicksburg's first homicide of the year.

 A woman was discovered dead inside her home Monday. According to the Warren County Coroner, Mary Warren suffered obvious signs of trauma.

The 62-year-old's daughter was distraught at learning the news of her mother's death upon arriving at the Roseland Drive home.

She was inconsolable and shocked about the sudden loss while family gathered at the home.  

Vicksburg Police Captain Sandra Williams said a 911 call was made for a medical complaint around 12:15 p.m. When paramedics arrived at the residence they suspected foul play and immediately contacted police.

Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey confirms that Warren suffered head trauma.

According to investigators, her live-in boyfriend was detained and taken to headquarters for questioning. Her relatives said his name is Dexter Smith.

No arrest has been made.

"I've just seen them sitting on the porch," said neighbor Carolyn Dent.

The Roseland Drive resident lives across the street from Warren and was surprised by the heavy police presence when she returned from work shortly before 4 p.m.

"I couldn't get to the house and so I turned around and I came in on the opposite end of the street," said Dent. "And I couldn't get to my house you know there, so I asked what was going on".

That's when the Social Studies teacher learned that the neighbor she often waved to and spoke to was killed. She was later told that the man living with her was being questioned.

 Dent said Warren lived in the house for about four years.      

"It's shocking. I didn't know what was the cause of it or anything else added to it," added Dent. "So naturally I was concerned about my dwellings and when I heard what had happened to her you know, it's sad." 

Those living on Roseland Drive describe Warren as cordial and remain in disbelief that a homicide investigation was taking place on their quiet street.

Warren's body has been taken to the State Crime Lab for autopsy.

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