RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. – In a news conference today, Sheriff Heath Taylor said the state forensics lab found that the bones belonged to an elderly white male or female.
Right now, they’re leaning more towards female. He or she is believed to be over 60 years old between 5’2″ and 5’6″.
The person also had a titanium rod in his or her left femur and severe arthritis in the spine.
The sheriff said the remains could have been there between two or five years and they were found in a shallow grave.
Right now, the lab is struggling to find an obvious cause of death.
Sheriff Taylor says there are a lot of scenarios that could play into the death and they’re looking into all of them.
“Homicide is not off the table by any means. But we’re also looking at maybe this isn’t a homicide, maybe it’s a natural death and they disposed of the body to continue getting a check.”
If anyone has a family member that matches this description, you’re asked to contact the Russell County Sheriff’s Office.