A University of Memphis student reported missing on Dec. 9, a couple of days before his graduation, was found dead Monday by authorities.
The Memphis Police Department confirmed that they discovered Barshay Wilson’s body underneath leaves and tree limbs near the Arlington Water Treatment Plant, off Highway 70, just before 4 p.m., with a gunshot wound.
On December 12, 2022, at 3:50pm, officers responded to 11150 Highway 70 regarding a body that had been located. Officers made the scene and found a male victim with an apparent gunshot wound. The identity of the victim has not yet been confirmed. This is an ongoing investigation. pic.twitter.com/ArYpti448d
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) December 13, 2022
The body has been identified as missing person Barshay Wilson, 25. He was reported missing on December 9, 2022. This is an ongoing investigation.
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) December 14, 2022
MPD sent out a City Watch alert for the 25-year-old on Monday.
According to Fox 13, the UM student called his mom the day he went missing and told her he was going to a party. The friend told investigators that about 15 minutes after arriving at her house, Wilson got a call and left her home. When she looked outside, Wilson was nowhere to be seen.
The friend called his mom and informed her son was missing. The friend attempted to use the Find My iPhone to find him, but nothing came up.
Authorities discovered a burning car a few yards from Wilson’s body. It’s unclear if the vehicle belonged to Wilson or a possible suspect.
Three independent sources confirmed to me they located missing U of M student Barshay Wilson’s body off Hwy 70 in Arlington yesterday. A burned out car and his body buried yards away underneath leaves and tree branches. Wilson was supposed to graduate Sunday. pic.twitter.com/aoXICEthCL
— Jeremy Pierre FOX13 (@JeremypierreFOX) December 13, 2022
Wilson was supposed to graduate Sunday and receive his Bachelor of Science degree. UM gave its condolences to the friends and family of the student.
— University of Memphis College of Health Sciences (@UofMHealthSci) December 13, 2022