Former Mississippi State defensive lineman P.J. Jones found dead
Days after being reported missing, former Mississippi State defensive tackle Philemon “P.J.” Jones has been found dead.
Rashad Milligan of The Clarion-Ledger reports that authorities recovered a man from a Lee County lake Monday, and the body was sent to a state hospital in Jackson. Lee County Sheriff Jim H. Johnson told The Clarion-Ledger that the county coroner used fingerprints to confirm Jones’ identity. According to the report, police found Jones clothed in the lake and do not suspect foul play. A cause of death has not yet officially been determined.
The Tupelo Police Department asked for the public’s help in locating Jones on Feb. 8. He reportedly last contacted family members on Jan. 20.
Jones, from Tupelo, played at Mississippi State from 2011-14, appearing in 45 games, including 27 starts. Over those four seasons, the defensive tackle recorded 81 tackles (including 4 for a loss) and 2 sacks along with a forced fumble. As a senior, he was named MSU’s defensive player of the week for his performance in the Bulldogs’ upset win over then-No. 8 LSU on Sept. 20, 2014.
Jones was 27.