SUMMIT, Miss. — The body of a McComb man who was reported missing has been pulled from the Bogue Chitto River.

Authorities pulled the body of 29-year-old Cort Gatlin from the river Thursday near Alfords Bridge. He was last seen Aug. 26.

Pike County Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Martin said the body showed signs of blunt force trauma to the top of the head, but a cause of death has not yet been determined. He told The Enterprise-Journal (http://bit.ly/2bWu5eQ ) an autopsy had been ordered.

Pike County Coroner Percy Pittman pronounced Gatlin dead at the scene.

Gatlin’s family told WLBT-TV (http://bit.ly/2cwtXYt) he was bound with duct tape, shot and set on fire before being dumped in the river. Martin wouldn’t confirm those details.

“Until the autopsy report actually identifies the projectile that entered the body, we just don’t know,” Martin said.

“It is a possibility kidnapping could be involved, murder could be involved, a number of things. Persons of interest are being interviewed.”

McComb Police and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department are working the case together since Gatlin was reported missing in the city and his body was found in the county.

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