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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Miss. Rep. Jessica Upshaw found Dead

Mississippi state representative has been found shot to death at the home of a former who once held the same post, according to local officials.

The death of Republican Rep Jessica Upshaw, of the 95th District in Diamondhead, was confirmed by Simpson County Coroner Terry Tutor.

Her body was found on Sunday with a single bullet wound to the head at the home of former state Rep Clint Rotenberry, according to The Clarion-Ledger newspaper.

It is not known whether Upshaw or someone else at Rotenberry's home pulled the trigger.

The investigation has been handed over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

The agency's spokesman, Michael Strain, did not return a call from MailOnline for comment.

No one has been arrested in the case.

Upshaw was first elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2004.

Rotenberry served in the 77th district as a state representative from 1992 to 2007, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

Gov Phil Bryant told the paper: '[My wife] Deborah and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Rep Jessica Upshaw. I have known Jessica for many years as an unselfish and dedicated public servant.

He added: 'This is a tragic loss for her family and all Mississippians, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time.'

Rotenberry did not answer his phone, and his answering machine was full.

House Minority Leader Bobby Moak describes her as a passionate champion of causes for her district and the state.

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