ABERDEEN, Miss (WTVA) - Police say that around 10:45 Friday morning a search crew found the body of a woman just off of Peacock Alley in Aberdeen.
"Pretty much what we have, actually we found the body. The body is being taken away as we speak now," said Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle.
Chief Randle made that statement after hours of searching in woods on Peacock Allley Friday morning.
He stopped just short of saying that the body is that of missing 26-year old Teresa Ewing of Aberdeen who has been missing for some 18 days.
"We're going to send the body down to Jackson and make sure it's a confirmed match as to what we think. Actually we're not confirming anything just yet," said Chief Randle.
Randle says it will take a positive ID match and DNA to confirm that the body is indeed that of Teresa Ewing.
"I'm not going to go into any details about the body. But it is a female body, but like I say as soon as we send it to Jackson, we get everything back, then we'll go further with any kind of press that you may have," said Randle.
Also bones were found in a nearby yard that will also be taken to the State Crime Lab.
Chief Randle says the body was found in what he calls pretty good shape which he says he believes will make identifying it easier.
Meanwhile, there were nearby residents who claim to suspect something in the woods for the past several days.
"I get up one morning and I see the bones. I had been looking at the bones for about like two or three or maybe four days," said Shannon McKissick who lives on Peacock Alley.
Residents have been watching and searching with authorities all along and are coming to grips with what could be the discovery of Teresa Ewing's body.
"I think it's sad. It is, it's very ,very sad," said Shirley Polk of Aberdeen.
Chief Randle says he expects to know more about the missing body on Saturday and that a person of interest is in custody but has not been charged at this time.