Jessica Upshaw Dead: Mississippi State Representative's Death Under Investigation

03/24/2013 10:59 pm ET | Updated Mar 25, 2013

Mississippi State Rep. Jessica Upshaw (R-Diamondhead) was found dead on Sunday, the Clarion-Ledger reports.

Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis said Upshaw, who was 53 years old, died from a gunshot wound to the head.

“It appeared to be self-inflicted,” Lewis told WLBT-TV. According to the Clarion-Ledger, the investigation of Upshaw's death is in early stages and no details have been released by the coroner.

Upshaw was found in the home of former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry in Mendenhall, Mississippi. CBS News reports that Rotenberry has not been arrested.

"I have known Jessica for many years as an unselfish and dedicated public servant," Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) said in a Sunday statement. "This is a tragic loss for her family and all Mississippians, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time."

Upshaw had served in the state legislature since 2004.

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