The Commercial Appeal reports the FBI is investigating the death of a Forrest City man as a potential hate crime. Marcel Cameo Tye’s mangled body was found beside a highway. Tye was wearing women’s clothing and local authorities have described him as transgender.
The FBI typically looks at cases that appear to be based on gender, sexual orientation or other discriminatory categories. “We think there’s enough from the physical evidence” to launch an investigation, [Steve] Frazier said.
UPDATE: The Forrest City Times Herald reports Tye was shot in the head with a small-caliber weapon and run over by a vehicle. Sheriff Bobby May said investigators believe the body was run over as the vehicle fled the scene. He told the newspaper he doubts the death was a hate crime. More from the Times-Herald