Investigators seek to identify dead body


SILVERHILL, Alabama — Investigators are seeking to identify the body of a man that was found Sunday afternoon off Alabama 104 between Silverhill and Fairhope.

Capt. Clint Cadenhead with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Command, said BCSO deputies were called to the scene of a heavily wooded area in the 13000 block of Alabama 104, off of Yosemite Boulevard, east of Alabama 181, west of Silverhill at around 4 p.m. Sunday.

“Apparently someone claiming he was hunting snakes came across a dead body in the woods,” Cadenhead said Monday. “Initially, the Silverhill Police Department was called to investigate and we were called to assist. We will be taking over the investigation.”

Cadenhead said the body appears to be that of a male that was “badly decomposed.”

The Baldwin County Coroner’s office was called to conduct an examination of the body and investigators are hoping to have the results from that examination by the end of the week, Cadenhead said.

“We found no evidence at the scene that would indicate foul play,” Cadenhead said, “but that determination will be made by the medical examiner.”

Because of the advanced decomposition of the body, Cadenhead said, it could take some time to determine an identification.

“We are cross-referencing missing persons cases and welfare concerns to see if we can determine any possibilities,” Cadenhead said.

Anyone with information in the case is encouraged to call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.