According to the Gulfport Sun-Herald, Hancock County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said the remains apparently washed ashore and were found by workers on a dredge boat.
“We don’t believe she has been out here long,” Grannan told the newspaper’s Robin Fitzgerald.
The young woman was white and possibly between 15 and 22 years old, he said.
Grannan said the body had three piercings for jewelry, including two on her chest and one in her navel.
News of the discovery immediately shot through social networks abuzz with whether it could be this missing girl or woman or that one.
The most recent such case in the public eye is that of Mickey Shunick, 22, last reported seen on her bicycle at 2 a.m. May 9 in Lafayette, La.
The torso is not her, officials said Friday.
Persons with any possible information in the Mississippi discovery are asked to contact the sheriff's office.