SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – UPDATE 7/15/2019 – Southaven Police say Michael Guidry is now charged with capital murder after a body was found in a shallow grave in backyard. The victim has been identified as 80-year-old Grady Deborad of Southavem.
According to police, investigators were looking into Deborad’s disappearance in March 2019, which led them to 38-year-old Guidry. He was charged with credit card fraud during that investigation.
After further investigating the connection, police say they learned Deborad had lived with Guidry for a period of time before he went missing. That led to the capital murder charge.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and there could be more arrests.
7/9/2019 – It was a strange scene in Southaven, Mississippi, Tuesday as police dug up a body in a backyard and arrested the man who lives there for credit card fraud.
Police charged Michael Guidry with credit card fraud Monday night. A tip from a neighbor caused them to dig up his backyard on Burton and Russell off Church Road in the Ross Pointe Subdivision.
Investigators were digging in this backyard all Tuesday. They put up tarps and crime scene tape.
Around 2:00 p.m., a coroner’s van backed into the driveway and a body was brought out.
“We did find a body in a grave in the backyard,” said Southaven Deputy Chief Mark Little. “There were some things we were unsettled about there in the home.”
Child Protective Services were called. Neighbors say a woman and three children lived in the house with Guidry. CPS told Local 24 News they can’t comment on any case, but police say they did come to the home.
Southaven police began digging in the backyard after getting a tip. Hours later, a body was found. Police say it could be linked to a missing person’s case they’ve been working on for nearly two months. The missing man is from Arkansas and used to live at the Southaven home with the Guidry family.
“We’ve already obtained DNA from family members,” said Deputy Chief Little. “There’s so many scenarios of what could’ve taken place, you can only imagine.
The body had been sent to the crime lab in Jackson, Mississippi for autopsy and identification.
Michael Guidry is scheduled to appear in court on the 17th for credit card fraud charges. He hasn’t been charged with anything else as of now.