Officials on Wednesday announced they had found the body of Marco McMillian, a mayoral candidate for the city of Clarksdale, Mississippi who had been missing since Tuesday.

At a news conference, officials from the Coahoma County Sheriff's Department said the body was found around 8:30AM on Wednesday near the Mississippi River.

While sheriff's officials refused to name a person of interest who has been taken into custody, various media reported that Lawrence Reed, a 22-year-old from Clarksdale, is being questioned in connection with McMillian's death.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Marco McMillian, one of the 1st viable openly LGBT candidates in Mississippi,” tweeted the Victory Fund, which supports LGBT elected officials.

Jarod Keith, McMillian's campaign spokesman, remembered McMillian in a statement.

“We remember Marco as a bold and passionate public servant, whose faith informed every aspect of his life,” Keith wrote. “Tragically, that life has been cut short.”

The search for McMillian began after his SUV collided head-on with another vehicle on Tuesday morning. Reed was driving the SUV and McMillian was not in the SUV.

McMillian, who graduated from Clarksdale High School in 1997, returned from Memphis to his hometown several months ago to run for mayor.