Authorities are on the search for a Mississippi family who disappeared after a car accident over the weekend. According to ABC News, the family’s SUV was found upside down in a ditch in Hermanville, Mississippi Saturday morning, but the family is nowhere to be found.
According to the Huffington Post, Atira Hughes-Smith, 30, her 7-year-old son Jaidon Hill, and her husband, 34-year-old Laterry Smith are missing, Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
The report continued on to say that their SUV was found burning and upside down in a ditch on the side of the road. Authorities say that the search for the family has grown from a local search to include the FBI.
Police where originally called Saturday morning around 7:10 am, and when they arrived on the scene, they found a smoldering, tan Dodge SUV turned over in a ditch off the side of a road where “there appeared to have been an accident.”
“The car was smoking with nobody around it,” Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones said. “The sunroof was broken because [the car] was lying on its top and the left front fender had been damaged.”
Jones continued on to tell reporters that after taking down the license plate number, and contacting the families relatives, they “found out there were supposed to be three people in this vehicle.”
ABC News stated that police and other officials have searched the wooded area around the car, as well as local hospitals, but have found no signs of the family. “We have no idea where these people are,” he said. “We have some people we need to talk to, but we can’t find them.”
Police say they are working any leads that come there way, but according to ABC News, they are declining to comment on who they are hoping to talk to regarding the situation. Officials did say that anyone with any information regarding the missing Mississippi family should contact the Copiah County Sheriff’s Department.
[Image by Copiah County Sheriff’s Department via ABC News]