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Body found beneath bridge ruled homicide by multiple gunshot wounds; victim's vehicle still missing

The Medical Examiner’s Office at American Forensics in Mesquite, Texas has issued its preliminary report on the death of Tramaine Jarrod Kellum, whose body was found last week beneath a bridge in southwestern Lamar County.

sheriff“The preliminary report showed that Kellum died of multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death has been ruled a homicide,” Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass said.

“Sheriff Investigators and Ranger McNeal continue to work with Paris detectives, as this investigation is continuing and on-going,” Cass said.

Investigators know that Kellum was last reported seen in Paris on Saturday, June 8, and could not be located on Sunday, June 9, by family members.  On June 10, Kellum’s family members reported him as a missing person to the Paris Police Department.

Authorities are calling on the public for help and information, as investigators are still looking for Kellum’s vehicle: a silver 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis, bearing TX LP BX8-P511.

To help with identification, a Mercury vehicle of similar year, model and type is photographed below, but it is not the actual victim’s car.  The victims car looks very similar to the car below, but with a solid black lower front bumper and 24-inch after-market chrome wheels.

Again, anyone with any information on this crime should contact the Sheriff’s Office, the Paris Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 903-785 TIPS.

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Pictured above is a vehicle similar to that which the victim owned and authorities continue to search for.

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