Gary Lee Hope
Hope, approximately 2017
Date reported missing : 07/20/2017
Missing location (approx) :
Pass Christian, Mississippi
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 59 years old
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Hope disappeared from Pass Christian, Mississippi on July 20, 2017. On August 3, his truck was found parked at the Tuxachanie Hiking Trail on U.S. 49 in Saucier, Mississippi.
On the morning of Christmas Day, 2018, Hope's skeletal remains were found near the Tuxachanie Hiking Trail in the Desoto National Forest. They were not identified until October 2020, however. The cause of death could not be determined.
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Harrison County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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The Biloxi Sun-Herald
October 12, 2004. October 19, 2020; case resolved.