Shady Grove murder victim ID’d

Family members and neighbors gather around law enforcement and emergency responders at the scene of a murder on Shady Lane. (Photo by Mark Thornton)

An elderly woman was found dead in her home in the Shady Grove Community early Monday afternoon. Family members and the Jones County Sheriff’s Department are identifying the victim as 81-year-old Betty Dickerson.

“An active, exhaustive  investigation is under way by the Jones County Sheriff's Department and we will not rest until the person or persons responsible for Ms. Dickerson's murder are apprehended,” Sheriff Joe Berlin said.

Her body was discovered around 1 p.m., with an apparent knife wound to her throat, in her home on Shady Lane, which is just off Highway 15 North right outside of the Laurel city limits.

The JCSD is asking people to be on the lookout for a silver 2016 Toyota Camry with the license tag JND 6090. Do not approach the vehicle, JCSD officials warned; just dial 911. Anyone with information about the incident at the home is asked to call the JCSD at 601-425-3147.

“If you saw something, say something,” Berlin said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Dickerson's family and we ask that our entire community join in praying for them as well.”

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I hope that they catch this low life thug! The vast majority of these horrific crimes as we well know are committed by males preying on the elderly, animals, women and children. If it happened here in Texas and he was found guilty, Texas would fry him. (Electric chair). I am so sick of males committing these heinous crimes. I hope that he is caught and punished to the full extent of the law!

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