Parents: Police are wrong about daughter's 'suicide'

Family wants answers about daughter's death
Updated: Jul. 7, 2017 at 6:45 PM CDT
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Picture of Jessica's arm that the family says shows she did not commit suicide. (Source: Family)
Picture of Jessica's arm that the family says shows she did not commit suicide. (Source: Family)

HORN LAKE, MS (WMC) - A young woman's parents are turning up the heat on investigators by using social media to press for answers surrounding their daughter's death.

A postal worker found Jessica Re'nee Johnson, a mother of two, hanging from a mailbox by two shoe strings on June 2.

Horn Lake Police Department said the woman's death is classified as a suicide, but her family thinks it could be murder.

"This was not a suicide," her mother, Linda Johnson, said.

"Everything about this is suspicious," Jessica's close friend, Angela Brunson, agreed.

Jessica's loved ones say there's no way she hanged herself from a 38 inch mailbox.

"To say that someone was able to hang themselves from a mailbox, a low mailbox, with shoestrings?" Brunson said.

Family and friends are circulating a photo of Jessica's arm. They say the photograph, which shows cuts, bruises, and a shoe print, proves that something wasn't right.

"She has a footprint on her arm. How would she have done that to herself?" Brunson said.

Jessica's friends and family said they admit she was no angel. She struggled with drug addiction, but they say that doesn't mean her death should be dismissed.

Loved ones believe a combination of drug affiliations and an abusive relationship could be to blame for her death.

"We want them [Horn Lake Police Department] to do their job," Jessica's father, David Johnson, said.

"We will never give up. We will get answers," Brunson said.

"That's all we want. We want closure. We just have to know what happened to Jessica. We know she did not do this herself," Linda said.

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