JACKSON, Miss. — After human remains were discovered inside a recently purchased Mississippi home, authorities are seeking help identifying the man whose body was too decomposed to determine a gender when found.

The Clarion-Ledger reports Jackson police say the body of a middle-aged to elderly man found Thursday was there for roughly a year. It was discovered wrapped in a tarp inside the empty house by a cleaning crew removing and burning trash.

Police say he had metal rods surgically placed in his legs. An autopsy showed he’d been shot in the head.

Hinds County coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart says the driver’s license belonging to 71-year-old Robert Paige listed his address where the remains were found. Police sought Paige for questioning until he was found dead inside his submerged vehicle at a lake.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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