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Man found tied, shot in head and burned in home in 2016 identified

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson police have identified the man found shot and burned in a home on Noel Street on October 5, 2016 as 64-year-old Frank Bennett.  Police confirm he was a Jackson resident.

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A fire broke out around 8:49 a.m. on Wednesday at an abandoned home on Noel Street in Jackson.

When police went inside the home, they found a body in a back room. Police say the victim was found with their hands tied behind their back by some sort of wire and at least one gun shot wound to the head. The body was also badly burned. 

Police are investigating this as a homicide.

According to Division Chief Cleotha Sanders, two abandoned structures caught fire on Mill and Noel Street in Midtown. When investigators arrived on scene, they got the fires under control and found the body.

The coroner confirmed the unidentified victim had at least one gunshot wound to the head. He could not determine the gender of the person.

"Due to the condition of the body, that's right, we don't know whether it's a male or a female at this time. Only thing we can say is it's an unidentified victim. Human remains," said Commander Tyree Jones with the Jackson Police Department. 

JPD says the home is abandoned, but there are some items inside that suggest someone had been staying there.

"It's been reported that it is a vacant home, but residents in the area have advised that people have gone inside to do whatever type of business on a regular basis," said Chief Cleotha with the Jackson Fire Department.

The killer sparked not only a fire, but also arson and homicide investigations.

"Our main goal now is to hopefully identify who this individual may be, and see where our investigation takes us from there," said Commander Jones.

JPD says they'll be checking missing persons records to see who frequented the area, and speaking with neighbors to try to find out who may have been involved in the murder.

The Community Improvement Department of JPD says they had added those houses to a demolition list in January, and they hadn't been taken down yet. Now they've been brought down a different way. 

According to Jackson police, this is the city's 54th homicide for 2016.

Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the victim, and/or any suspect information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Jackson Police Department at 601-960-1234 or 601-355-TIPS (8477)

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