MONROE COUNTY, Mississippi (WCBI) — A three-year-old missing persons case may be closed after a surprise confession.
Monroe County Sheriff Kevin Crook has been in law enforcement for over twenty years, and he’s seen a lot — but Tuesday was a first.
“James Eric Crisp walked into my office, of his own free will, and confessed to killing Mr. Taylor,” Sheriff Crook said.
Forty-eight hours later, Crisp, 37, was taken to Monroe County Court for a bail hearing on one count of manslaughter in the death of Roger Loyd Taylor, 48, of Sulligent, Alabama.
According to the sheriff, Crisp said he killed Taylor on March 10, 2019 and disposed of the victim’s body.
Taylor’s truck was discovered on Blair Cemetery Road in Monroe County days after she went missing. Since then, searches have turned up no evidence and the case has remained cold until this week.
Crisp was previously arrested on drug-related charges, but during his time as a resident at a Christian discipleship program called “God’s House of Hope,” the sheriff says Crisp had a life-changing encounter.
“By his own testimony, he was saved three years ago, was in a recovery center, we sent him there, he’s now a teacher and a preacher in that program,” Crook said.
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