Jackson Police Find Missing Bodies

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in Jackson say the bodies of two men found at a wrecked car have been identified as those of missing cousins from Mississippi.

Authorities say a driver on state Route 50, west of Centerville, spotted the wreckage of a car at the bottom of an embankment and notified police on August sixth.

The victims have now been identified by the state medical examiner's office as those of 30-year-old Anthony Earl Carpenter and 28-year-old Eddie Carpenter -- cousins from Leland, Mississippi.

Jackson police began searching for the two men on July 21st, when their family reported them missing and said they had left Jackson on the way to Memphis.

Rural Hickman County -- where their bodies were found -- is in the opposite direction of travel.

Highway Patrol spokeswoman Laura McPherson says the investigating officer found one of the men thrown out of the car and the other partially ejected. The department concluded the driver likely fell asleep.

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