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UPDATE: Police search for person of interest in motel homicide

It happened at the Motel 6, according to officers.

Posted: Dec. 22, 2017 1:19 AM
Updated: Dec. 24, 2017 10:28 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Police are searching for a Columbus man as a person-of-interest in connection to a motel homicide.

Police identify the person as Johnathan Lee Majors II.

The shooting happened at the Motel 6 near Highway 82 and Highway 45. Word of the homicide came on the Columbus Police Department's Twitter account just after 1 a.m. Friday.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant identifies the victim as 27-year-old Michael Garth. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:53 a.m. An autopsy will be performed.

The investigation is in its initial phase, but it appears Garth was killed by someone he knew.

If you have any information, you're asked to contact Columbus police at 1-877-273-4552 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.

This would be the city's second homicide of the year.

Johnathan Lee Majors II | Photo: Columbus PD

Michael Garth | Photo: Courtesy

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