Two bodies found at a scrap yard in Neshoba County earlier this week have been identified, one of them apparently murdered, the authorities said.

A white female found in a small camper trailer Tuesday night has been identified as Wendy Johnson, 41, 11520 Highway 418 Union, according to Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell.




She was found by the property owner of Canal Scrap located west of the Highway 15 bypass where Beacon Street intersects the four-lane just outside of Philadelphia.

On Wednesday morning, a second body, a white male, was discovered hanging in a tree about 40-50 yards behind the camper, Waddell said. The man has been identified as Harvey Vancleave, 53, 1729 Highway 15 south, the camper site where the woman was found.

The couple had been living together in the camper for about a year and the proper owner had not seen them and when to check and found her strangled to death, Waddell said. She had been dead several days, he said.

He could not say whether the hanging was self-inflicted but an autopsy is under way.

“It was dark and difficult to see last night (Tuesday) but when we returned for another search the following morning we found the man a short distance away from the trailer,” Waddell said.

Waddell, who was at the state Crime Lab in Jackson around lunch on Wednesday and operating on little sleep, said that they believe the female to be the “companion” of the male they found. The deceased male owned the trailer, he said.

He said that they are not releasing any additional details at this time. The case remains under investigation.

Waddell could not elaborate on the circumstances of the deaths, but he did say the man’s family lives in another county.

The scrap yard is nearly a mile into the swamp from the highway west of Canal Place Shopping Center. The authorities say it’s not unusual to be called to the area.