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Local Man Arrested on Two Counts of Murder

Press Release - Picayune Police Department

On May 5, 2023, Picayune Fire Fighters and Picayune Police Officers responded to a structure fire on Runway Drive. It was a complete loss and the remains of two deceased people were recovered from the remains of the structure. An autopsy was conducted and the cause of death was ruled as Homicide on both.

An investigation resulted in the arrest of Maurice Damon Perkins, age 48, of 802 Neal Road, Picayune, for 2 counts of First Degree Murder.

The arrest was the result of a constant investigation by Picayune Police CID and planning by Special Response Teams of both Picayune Police Department and the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department. Picayune Police Chief Joe Quave stated in the press release, "We appreciate all officers and deputies involved. This arrest was made without incident thanks to them."

This is still an active investigation and the Picayune Police Department asks that anyone with any information in reference to this case please call :

Pearl River County Central Dispatch at 601-749-5478 or

Picayune Police Tip Line at 601-916-9411 or

MS Coast Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898.


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