Monroe County, Mississippi: Monroe County Sheriff Kevin Crook was taken aback recently when a man walked into his office and confessed to murdering a man that had been reported missing in 2019.
"James Eric Crisp walked into my office, of his own free will, and confessed to having killed Mr. Taylor," Sheriff Crook told local media.
It was there that Crisp was saved and his life was radically transformed.
"By his own testimony he got saved three years ago, was in a recovery center, we sent him there, he is now a teacher and preacher in that program," Crook elaborated.
Crisp was booked into the Monroe County Jail on August 30 on a charge of manslaughter. He remains in custody following a bond hearing where his bail was set at $150,000 and several members of the God's House of Hope ministry attended in support.
"We know God is a just God and He forgives, but we also have to take action for our responsibilities," Amy Coye of God's House of Hope said, "but today we ask that God has mercy, and whatever steps we need to take for Eric to walk through this.
Crisp was reportedly able to recently regain custody of his two children.
Eric Crisp says it’s nothing short of a miracle that he’s not spending a lifetime behind bars after 20+ years of drug abuse+addiction that started when he was 12 years old. Now, thanks to God’s House of Hope, he has been reunited with his children. His story tonight on @WCBINEWS pic.twitter.com/yRSSRPwQpe— Stephen Pimpo (@spimpojr) August 11, 2021
"As a believer myself, I hate it for the guy, in the physical realm, he has to deal with the choices he made," Sheriff Crook said. "But in the spiritual side, you are excited for the freedom he has found in doing this. And then you hope there's healing for the family through this process as well."
The family in question has been left wondering what happened to 48-year-old Roger Loyd Taylor since he went missing in March of 2019.
"It's been bad not knowing, not knowing where he's at, if he's OK, if he's dead or alive, or whatever could've happened to him," his youngest daughter, Alyssa Taylor told WCBI back in 2019. "It's been horrible."
Roger had been on his way from Alabama to Mississippi to visit his daughter when he had called her to tell her that his car was stuck. That would be the last time anyone heard from him.
Roger's truck was discovered on Blair Cemetery Road in Monroe County a couple of days after he was reported missing.
"Crisp has cooperated fully with investigators and yet another attempt to locate the remains of Mr. Taylor was carried out earlier this week," Law and Crime quoted Monroe County deputies as saying on Thursday.
The investigation remains ongoing.