Authorities arrest man wanted in connection to Tennessee homicide investigation, theft of victim’s truck

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Howard Jason Stewart (Photo: Lawrence County, TN Sheriff’s Office)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tenn. – Investigators with the Lawrence County, TN Sheriff’s Office say a man they consider a person of interest in a homicide investigation in Summertown, Tenn. is in custody.

Investigators say that 51-year-old Barbara Lois Harris was found dead from what appeared to be foul play on Thursday.

Authorities began searching for 39-year-old Howard Jason Stewart of Lena, Miss., wanted in connection to the investigation and the theft of the victim’s 2015 white Dodge 1500 truck.

Authorities say that Stewart and the victim’s truck were located at a casino in Philadelphia, Miss.

Officials with the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office and the Choctaw Police Department arrested Stewart and he will be extradited back to Tennessee to face charges for vehicle theft.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be pending.