Birmingham, AL 01/30/2017
The Sheriff’s office is investigating the discovery of human remains near a vacant home in the Booker Heights Community in western Jefferson County.
Just after 3:30 pm yesterday deputies were called to a residence on Shady Grove Road to investigate a report of human remains being found nearby.
It was reported that a man had been squirrel hunting in the area and had discovered what he believed to be human skeletal remains. Upon finding the remains he returned home and notified the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were led to a densely overgrown area near a vacant house in the 5300 block of Wood Avenue where the remains were located. They verified that the remains were human. A detective and an evidence technician were dispatched to the scene. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office was also notified.
Due to the time of day and nightfall approaching the decision was made to recover the remains today during daylight hours. Deputies guarded the scene overnight.
Sheriff’s Detectives and a Forensic Recovery Team from the Coroner’s Office will return to the scene this morning to complete the recovery process.
The identity of the victim and the cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.