Beloved Mississippi Guidance Counselor Found Decapitated in Her Yard — and Son Is Suspect

A Mississippi community is reeling after the arrest of a 29-year-old man on murder charges following the discovery last week of his 51-year-old mother’s decapitated body, PEOPLE confirms.

Before she was killed, Sherry Johnson worked as a guidance counselor in Hattiesburg, where she was beloved by students and staff, according to local reports.

On Wednesday, relatives contacted police, asking that they check on Sherry. Responding officers discovered Sherry’s headless body in her yard soon after arriving at her property, Stone County Sheriff’s Capt. Ray Boggs said at a press conference,

Her son, Terrell Johnson, has been formally charged with first-degree murder, Boggs said.

He remains in police custody without bond.

It was unclear Tuesday if he had retained legal counsel who could comment on his behalf. PEOPLE was also unable to determine if he had entered a plea to the charge he faces.

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