Gulfport Woman Arrested After Deceased Man Found in Wooden Box Behind False Wall
In a shocking turn of events, a woman has been arrested in Gulfport, Mississippi after police discovered the body of a deceased man in a wooden box hidden behind a false wall in her house. The arrest took place on Saturday, following a month-long investigation.
The Gulfport Police Department announced on Facebook that Jerri Lynn Isreal has been charged with first-degree murder. The investigation began on December 22, when officers were called to Isreal’s residence on 16th Avenue for a welfare check. At that time, there were concerns about a possible missing person.
Over the course of their investigation, police visited the house multiple times and noticed inconsistencies in Isreal’s statements. She became uncooperative and her story kept changing, prompting further suspicion. It was later discovered that Isreal had a previous conviction for murder in Florida back in 1995. She had attempted to dispose of the body in various locations around the state.
Based on this information, detectives obtained a search warrant for Isreal’s house. On January 18, a search was conducted, during which a wooden box containing the remains of a person was found. The victim has been identified as John Allen Gaither, Isreal’s son.
Details regarding Gaither’s cause of death, manner of death, and how long he had been deceased have not been released to the public. Isreal was taken into custody and will be held without bond.
The Gulfport Police Department has not provided further information at this time. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are working to gather more evidence and determine the circumstances surrounding Gaither’s death.
It is important to note that incidents like these are rare and do not reflect the overall safety of the Gulfport community. The police department is committed to ensuring the well-being of its residents and will continue to work diligently to bring justice to this case.
As the investigation unfolds, more details are expected to emerge. The community is urged to come forward with any information that may assist the police in their efforts.