East Stiers Lane death under review

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NATCHEZ — Police are still working to determine if a man who was found dead in his house Sunday was the victim of a homicide.

Natchez Police Detective Jerry Ford said the department is awaiting autopsy results to determine if 20-year-old Terrance Thornburg was beaten to death.

Thornburg was found dead Sunday afternoon in his East Stiers Lane house. Ford said Thornburg suffered severe trauma to the face.

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Adams County Coroner James Lee said Thornburg’s autopsy will be performed at 8 a.m. today.

Thornburg’s sister, Marquita Thornburg, said her family believes her brother was a victim of a homicide and robbery.

Marquita said Thornburg was found on the floor, and the door to his house was partially open.

“His face was beaten up really bad,” she said.

More than $1,100 was also missing, Marquita said, from Thornburg’s house.

Marquita said she believes the person who killed her brother likely knew he had the money in his house.

Ford said police have not been able to confirm the circumstances surrounding Thornburg’s death.

Thornburg was a loving person, Marquita said, and easy to get along with.

“He was a people person,” she said. “He could go anywhere and get along with anyone.”

Thornburg has eight brothers, nine sisters and many nieces and nephews. His sister Kenyatta Thornburg said his nieces and nephews were his pride and joy.

“He was a good uncle, and he loved those kids,” she said.

Ford said police are treating Thornburg’s death as a homicide until the autopsy confirms or rules it out.

Ford asks that anyone with information about Thornburg’s death contact Crime Stoppers at 601-442-5000.

Crime Stoppers offers a reward up to $1,000 for a tip leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. Callers can remain anonymous.