Woman’s body found; suspect arrested

Lenora Patsy Edhegard
Lenora Patsy Edhegard

BRANDON – (AP) The body of a 59-year-old Brandon woman feared kidnapped has been found near Tougaloo College in Madison County, and police say her alleged assailant is jailed on murder charges.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey tells The Clarion-Ledger Lenora Patsy Edhegard was found dead Tuesday night. He didn’t give details on her cause of death.

Charged with murder is 30-year-old Cortrell Rose, also of Brandon. Rose was to make an initial appearance Wednesday before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel. Bailey says Rose is a registered sex offender.

Edhegard and her car were discovered missing Tuesday morning after she did not report to work as a legal secretary.

Authorities say Edhegard disappeared Monday night after returning home from a shopping trip.

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