Body found in DeSoto County pond identified as missing Memphis man

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — The body that was found in a pond in DeSoto County Tuesday morning was that of a missing Memphis man.

The man has been identified as Willie Brown, according to the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department. Brown's family reported him missing to the Memphis Police Department in late March.

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A coroner conducted a preliminary autopsy and ruled Brown's cause of death as drowning. His body has been sent to Jackson, Miss. for an official autopsy.

Aaron Springer discovered Brown’s body Tuesday morning. While driving to work, he took a detour and noticed something out of the ordinary while driving across the levee.

“All I could see is the top of his head and his hands, and it looked like his hands were in fists,” Springer told FOX13.

Springer, who is a construction worker, was in the area to do gas line work on a house off Goodman Road in Walls.

The man who owns the property where the pond is located said he checked his surveillance cameras but found nothing odd.

Investigators said the body had been in the water for more than 10 days, but it showed no visible signs of foul play.

The case remains under investigation.

A coroner conducted a preliminary autopsy and ruled Brown's cause of death as drowning. His body has been sent to Jackson, Miss. for an official autopsy.

Aaron Springer discovered Brown's body Tuesday morning. While driving to work, he took a detour and noticed something out of the ordinary while driving across the levee.

"All I could see is the top of his head and his hands, and it looked like his hands were in fists," Springer told FOX13.

Springer, who is a construction worker, was in the area to do gas line work on a house off Goodman Road in Walls.

The man who owns the property where the pond is located said he checked his surveillance cameras but found nothing odd.

Investigators said the body had been in the water for more than 10 days, but it showed no visible signs of foul play.

The case remains under investigation.