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12/27/2018

MISSING PERSON - SUSIE RENA LANIER / UPDATE / UPDATE - HUSBAND CHARGED WITH MURDER

 

**UPDATE**

 

HUSBAND CHARGED WITH MURDER

 

 

December 27, 2018

On December 26, 2018, The Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office officially charged RUSSELL LEON LANIER with 1st Degree Murder.  LANIER is being charged due to the death of his wife, SUSIE RENA LANIER.  Susie was only 43 years old when she was reported missing on June 7, 2017 from her mobile home park at 12 Whitfield Drive in Iuka, Mississippi.  Susie was reported missing by her husband, RUSSELL LANIER and her step-father.  A search was conducted immediately in the area with several volunteers and family members, but Susie was not found.

On August 31, 2017, the Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a man finding what appeared to be a human skull on his property.  Deputies and Investigators arrived on scene and collected the skull as evidence and released it to the Tishomingo County Coroner to be processed.  Once dental records were obtained of Susie Lanier, those dental records were forwarded to the Coroner to have analyzed with the skull.  Within a few days, the sheriff’s office received word that the human skull found was positively identified as that of Susie Lanier. 

Another search was conducted in the immediate area but with a group of cadaver dogs that were brought in out of state.  This particular search located some clothing believed to be worn by Susie Lanier as identified by family.  No other human remains were located.

On December 24, 2018, Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office received new additional information pertaining to the case of Susie Lanier.  RUSSELL LANIER was detained and on December 26, 2018, RUSSELL LANIER was officially charged in the death of his wife.  LANIER remains in custody with a $500,000 bond that was set by the Tishomingo County Justice Court.  This case will be presented to the next available Grand Jury.

Sheriff John Daugherty would like to personally thank all the volunteers that helped for several months in the search of Susie.  These volunteers were both local citizens and individuals from different parts of the state and out of state.  Sheriff Daugherty would also like to thank those business that provided water and food to the volunteers during these searches.

Finally, the Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our deep appreciation to Susie’s family and also our prayers and condolences.   The family was a great part of this investigation and a tremendous help.  This is a difficult thing for any family to deal with and we ask the public to respect the family, as they go through this emotional process.  

 

Sheriff John Daugherty

 

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RUSSELL LEON LANIER

 

 

 


 

 

 

**UPDATE**

HUMAN SKULL FOUND

 

 

September 1, 2017

On August 31, 2017, the Tishomingo Sheriff’s Department was notified that partial human remains were found in a yard, on CR 247 which is in the north-eastern part of the county.  Sheriff investigators arrived on scene and spoke with the homeowner who stated that he noticed his dogs had a skull that appeared to be human, in the front yard of his residence. 

A search was conducted around the immediate area of the residence, but due to the severe weather conditions during that time, the search had to be called off due to safety concerns.  Officials will begin today with a search of the area, pending on the weather conditions, for the rest of the remains.  Of course, this is in the area of the county of the reported missing female, Susie Rena Lanier, who was reported missing by her husband on June 6, 2017.  The skull was released to the Tishomingo County Coroner to be sent to the Forensics Lab in Jackson to obtain identification of the skull.

Sheriff Daugherty asks the public to please refrain from going anywhere in the area of CR 247 / CR 172 during this time while the search is being conducted.

 

Sheriff John Daugherty

 

 

 


 

MISSING PERSON

 

The Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Department would like your help in locating SUSIE RENA LANIER of Iuka, Mississippi.  Mrs. Lanier was last seen around June 6, 2017 around the CR 255 area of Tishomingo County.  If you have seen this person or know anything about this MISSING PERSON, please contact your local law enforcement agency as soon as possible, or dial 911.

 

 

 

         

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SUSIE RENA LANIER

12 Whitfield Trailer Park – Iuka, Mississippi

DOB: 03/25/1974

HEIGHT: 5’05       WEIGHT: 115 LBS

LAST SEEN: JUNE 6, 2017 – AROUND CR 255 IUKA, MS

If you have any information please contact the Tishomingo Sheriff’s Department at 662-423-7000 or your local law enforcement agency.

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