By Amanda Sexton Ferguson
STEWART – The weeklong search for a missing man ended in sorrow Friday.
According to Montgomery County Sheriff Bubba Nix, the body of James Nail, 19, of Stewart was found the afternoon of October 25 in a canal leading into the Big Black River. Nix said the autopsy report stated the cause of death as drowning.
Nix said Nail had not been seen since October 18 around 6:30 p.m. when a friend dropped him at a home in Choctaw County near Stewart.
“We just heard about [the search] last Wednesday [October 23] when Sheriff [Cloyd] Halford called and wanted to speak with someone in Montgomery County [as part of their investigation into Nail’s disappearance],” Nix said.
Friday, around 2 p.m., Nix said a hunter reported seeing what he believed was a body in the water in Stewart.
“It was right there next to Choctaw County,” Nix said. “At first, we thought it was the Big Black, but it was a canal that led to the Big Black in Montgomery County.”
Nix said Nail had allegedly been “turtle fishing.”
“We found two fishing poles stuck up on the bank and a .22 pistol laying on a log with his coat,” Nix said. “Turtle fishing is what we were told.”
Nix said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is assisting on the ongoing investigation.
According his obituary, Nail was a 2012 graduate of Weir High School and was employed by Nail Roofing.
Funeral services for Nail were held yesterday at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora with burial in Crape Creek Cemetery in Choctaw County.