Woman in truck being towed is killed in Gulfport accident; husband sought

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GULFPORT, Mississippi — Harrison County authorities have identified the 34-year-old woman killed in an accident in Gulfport.

Meanwhile, a search was on for her husband, who faces warrants for allegedly fleeing the scene of the Thursday afternoon accident.

Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said that the victim was Melissa Jane Ladner.

Brisolara says 27-year-old Joshua Emmanuel Ladner was towing his wife's pickup truck behind his truck with a chain when here truck flipped in a sharp curve.

Melissa Ladner was ejected from her truck and pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 3 p.m.

Officials say Joshua Ladner drove away when authorities arrived. A high-speed chase followed.

The hunt for Ladner was called off Thursday evening. He still faces charges of felony fleeing and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

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