The Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that Joe Giles was the man found in his overturned truck in a rural area of Friars Point in January.
“After receiving the Medical Examiners report it has been confirmed that the identity of the deceased is that of Mr. Joe Giles, who was reported missing Sept. 16, 2020,” the department said in a statement. “The report goes on to conclude that there was no evidence of foul play.”
The statement goes on to say the findings of the state crime lab are consistent with the investigation conducted by the sheriff’s department.
The tan 2003 Chevy Tahoe, registered to Giles, was found in late January with a badly decomposed body inside.
Giles was last seen leaving his residence in Friars Point, Wednesday, Sept. 16, at about 9 p.m.
Giles was described as a 6-foot, 2-inches tall, African American with light skin and approximately 255-pounds. He is 53-years-old and stocky in build and appearance.
Authorities interviewed a number of people about Giles’ disappearance and were tight-lipped about the case and their investigation. The sheriff’s department also chose to wait until the body was positively identified by the state as Giles before making this announcement.
Giles’ sister, Lynn Giles, said she contacted the FBI. She said a phone search was traced to a street in Clarksdale.
“He was a Navy veteran and a retired school teacher and he has never just gone missing,” said Lynn Giles. “I do want to thank the community and those who found my brother and those who have helped us in our time of need.”