Update: Bodies found in Elberta identified

Victims were fiberoptic cable installers from west coast in the area performing contract work


ELBERTA, Alabama — Two men found dead in the early morning hours Friday near Elberta have been identified as fiberoptic cable installers from the west coast working in the area performing contract work.

The two victims have been identified as Ryan Fraizer and Joshua Carroll, both from the Seattle, Washington, area.

“This investigation is very active, and investigators are currently out in the field following up on leads,” according to a statement issued Friday afternoon by Lt. Andre Reid with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department, commander of the Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit. “We appreciate the cooperation from the agencies in Baldwin County and our neighboring counties.”

The Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit is asking anyone with any information regarding Fraizer and or Joshua Carroll contact BCMCU at 251-972-8589 or BCSO at 251-937-0202.

During an earlier press conference on Friday at the Elberta Police Department, Reid told reporters that the bodies of the two men were discovered by a newspaper delivery driver at around 5 a.m. Friday morning lying in the roadway on County Road 95 near Fitzpatrick Road, located near the Elberta and Orange Beach Police Department’s jurisdictional line.

The agency was called into investigate after the delivery driver called the Elberta Police Department. Patrol units responded and determined that both were deceased.

According to social media posts from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, the Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit, Elberta Police and the County Coroner’s Office are conducting the investigation.

Just after 7 a.m. Friday, the Sheriff’s Department posted that BCSO deputies were working an incident in the area of County Road 95 and Fitzpatrick Road in Elberta.

Just after 8 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office posted that the Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit was “working an incident involving two individuals who have been found deceased.”

Investigators are currently working the area as an active crime scene, Reid said.

“We are asking the public to avoid the area as much as possible. Traffic is obviously a big concern for our investigators. We don’t want anyone getting hit.

“This is what the Major Crimes Unit does. We come in and saturate an area looking for witnesses and collecting whatever evidence we can to assist local law enforcement. We will likely have investigators working the area well into the night.”