UPDATE ( 2:08 p.m. 6/1)
In Wilmer, Brian Jessie Parker’s house is busy with loved ones stopping by. His cousins who sit on the front porch tell us that today has been difficult for everyone.
” I felt like it wasn’t real. I thought that maybe if I went to sleep and woke up that he would be home,” Holly Lee said. “Everyone loved him. Even if you just came in contact with him just for a couple seconds, you knew he was a great person. You just got that vibe off of him.”
Lee said the family has set up a GOFUNDME account to help pay for burial expenses and the cost to help Parker’s out-of-state sister return home for the funeral. DONATE HERE: https://www.gofundme.com/brian-jessie-parkers-funeral
UPDATE (9 a.m. 6/1) – The Greene County Sheriff’s Office in Mississippi confirmed the discovery of 16-year-old Brian Parker Wednesday night. Parker’s body was discovered down an old logging trail off Mississippi Highway 63.
In the release on Thursday, the Sheriff confirmed that 22-year-old Matthew Moberg is a suspect in the case. He is currently being held in Mobile Metro Jail on charges stemming from an incident last week when he ran from law enforcement when they attempted to question him about Brian Parker’s disappearance. Additional charges, including murder, could be filed against Moberg in the coming days.
The body of Parker was sent to the Mississippi Crime Laboratory in Jackson to determine the exact cause of death.
The search for Parker started last week in Mobile County when he was reported missing from his home in Wilmer. Later, surveillance video from a Dollar General in Lucedale, Miss. was released that showed Parker and Moberg together hours before his disappearance.
News Five will continue to follow this story and update when more information becomes available.
UPDATE: MCSO believes the dead body is 16-year-old Brian Parker. The Sheriff’s Office told News 5’s Allen Carter that clothing on the body match the clothes Parker was last seen wearing. Deputies say they have notified the family. No word yet on the cause of death. Multiple law enforcement agencies are on the scene. Mississippi authorities will be taking lead on the case. No word on any additional charges from Matthew Moberg, a suspect in connection to the missing teen case. Be sure to check out our WKRG Facebook page and watch CW 55 News at 9 and News 5 at 10 for the latest.
GREENE COUNTY, Ms (WKRG) —- The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office has found a dead body in Lucedale on Wednesday evening.
MSCO made the announcement on their TEAM SHERIFF Facebook page around 6:50 p.m.
No further details are known at this time. News 5 has reached out to officials and are awaiting a response.
Meantime, News 5’s Allen Carter is en route and will provide updates on the Gulf Coast CW News @ 9 as well as News 5 at 10 p.m.
Over the past week, MSCO has been searching in that area for missing teenager, Brian Parker.
Video surveillance from a Dollar General in Lucedale captured Parker’s last known sighting. He was seen with a friend, 22-year-old Matthew Moberg, who is being held without bond in Mobile County on charges of obstruction, eluding police and burglary.
Moberg was arrested after a manhunt last week. Police say there were inconsistencies in the story he gave police about his interaction with Parker.