Staff Reports


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death of Emmanuel “Gator” Morries, 38, in Kemper County last year according to a press release submitted recently by the bureau.

According to the release, Morries was shot and killed on an isolated dirt road (Indian Branch Road) on July 7, 2017. According to the original report in the case, Morries body was discovered on the side of the road just before 1 p.m. on the afternoon of July 7. Indian Branch Road is located in a very remote area. According to investigators, the closest house on the road is at least four miles from the crime scene.

Through the investigation, it was learned that Morries met an unknown individual or individuals  at the location where his body was found. 

According to the release, it is believed the suspect or suspects fled the scene after gunning Morries down. 

At the time of his death, Morries, a Preston native, left behind a wife and four children.

Morries was well known and liked in Kemper County and worked locally in the timber industry.

"We are asking for the public's help," Kemper County Sheriff Moore said at the time of the homicide. "Even if you think it's just a little, if it's tied to this case, please share that with us."

The ATF Jackson Field Office and the Kemper County Sheriff’s Office are jointly investigating the crime. 

Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to contact the ATF Jackson Field Office at 601-863-0900 or 1-888-283-8477 or by email at People may also contact the Kemper County Sheriff’s Office at 1-855-485-TIPS.