Jones County authorities are looking for a hit and run driver who killed a 28-year-old man sometime between 8 p.m. and midnight Wednesday.
Marquis Lawson was walking not far from his house when he was hit in the 300 block of Wheeler Road, said Capt. Earl Humphries of the Jones County Sheriffs Office.
Witnesses saw a white utility or service vehicle with some type of boom on the back of it, he said.
We believe it was a very large service vehicle with boxes or compartments or some type of cabinets on the back of it, Humphries said.
Investigators arrived on scene at about 8 a.m. Thursday after a passer-by found the victim in the grass off the road.
Deputies walked up and down the rural, residential road and picked up bits of evidence that could help them identify the vehicle.
They removed Lawsons body just before 10 a.m. and took it to the medical examiners office for an autopsy, although his injuries were consistent with being hit by a vehicle, Humphries said.
Family and friends gathered at Lawsons house shortly after hearing the news Thursday morning.
They were too upset to share information about Lawsons life, a deputy said.
Wheeler Road was closed for more than two and a half hours as deputies gathered evidence near where the man was found in a ditch off the road.
Connie Bryant lives nearby on Whitehead Place.
She walked up to the scene after receiving phone calls that deputies were out near her property that backs up to Wheeler Road.
Upon hearing there was a fatal accident, Bryant said a number of her neighbors do walk along the street that leads to the Ga. 11, or Monticello Highway, near Lynn Haven Health and Rehabilitation facility.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Jones County Sheriffs Office at 986-3489.
To contact Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.