Death Investigation Upgraded to Homicide Investigation

Publish Date: February 2, 2017
Written by: Sheriff's Office
Categories: News | Update

Birmingham, AL 02/02/2017

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 on Sunday, January 30, 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.

On Monday deputies and members of a Forensic Recovery Team from the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office recovered the remains and processed the scene for evidence.

The remains were delivered to the coroner’s office for medical examination, identification, and a determination of the cause of death.

Detectives have learned that the remains are those of an 18 to 28-year-old male victim. The race of the victim has not yet been determined. It is believed the body had been at the location where found for several months. The cause of death is being withheld and this case is now being investigated as a homicide.

Detectives are reviewing missing person cases from the area in attempt to aid in the identification of the victim.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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