Investigators confirm human remains belonged to missing Macon County man

A view off the bridge where human remains were discovered near the Lee-Macon County line Thursday, January 20, 2017.

MACON COUNTY, Ala. — Deputies in both Lee and Macon Counties confirm a severed leg found floating in a trash bag Thursday afternoon does in fact belong to a Macon County man missing since January 6.

The announcement at a joint press conference for the sheriff’s offices confirms the remains belong to 32-year-old Kenneth McKency. McKency was reported last seen in the Brownsville community, near the site the leg was found.

As News 3 reported, a construction worker reported finding the suspicious trash bag floating in the Cossey Branch Creek under a bridge in the 6000 Block of Lee Road 159.

East of that location in Macon County, more remains were found. The first set was found Thursday afternoon off Macon County Road 43 in the same creek. Investigators say 60 yards down the creek, more remains were found.

Law enforcement says that through forensic science, fingerprinting, and tattoo identification, the remains were linked to McKency.

“Based on what we found yesterday, it would meet with the time frame that Mr. McKency has been missing,” Coroner Bill Harris said. “It’s still uncertain exactly how long they have been there.”

An investigation is ongoing in what is now considered a homicide investigation, and there is no speculation on the motive in this case.

“Whenever you find body parts different places, that means they had to do something that only a monster could do,” Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson said. “I just don’t see anybody doing this no matter what this individual did or if he did anything. Humanity just wouldn’t let a normal person do this to somebody. You know that by seeing body parts different places.”

Both the Lee and Macon County Sheriff’s offices are contributing investigators to this case.

“The investigation will be ongoing,” Sheriff Brunson said. “My investigators are doing a great job along with Lee County investigators, and I think they are going to involve the ABI, which we talked about before we got here. The more people that can come in and help us resolve this quickly the better. They have been working closely with Lee County investigators and Sheriff Jay Jones. We’re going to find him quickly, hopefully.”

According to Sheriff Brunson, McKency was a good man.

“He comes from a good family; sisters, brothers, mother, father that love him who were very concerned about him. I don’t know about him being in any trouble at all myself because he was always a pleasant young man along with his other siblings. I can’t say anything bad at all about that young man.”

 

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