Body of missing SEC football player found in lake

Philemon Jones played for Mississippi State from 2011 to 2014.
Philemon Jones played for Mississippi State from 2011 to 2014.

Credit: Chuck Cook

Credit: Chuck Cook

A body found floating in a Mississippi lake was identified as former Mississippi State University football player Philemon “P.J.” Jones.

The 27-year-old Jones was identified Wednesday by the coroner through his fingerprints.

Family members had reported Jones missing after saying they hadn't heard from him since Jan. 20, according to the Daily Journal.

The coroner’s office had not determined his official cause of death. No foul play was suspected.

Jones played for the Mississippi State football team from 2011 to 2014, the Clarion Ledger reported. He started in 27 career games and played in 45.