A murder investigation has been launched after authorities determined the identity – and cause of death – in the case of a body found in a burned car near Geraldine on Tuesday morning.
DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says the body has positively been identified as that of Gary Lee Willis age 38 of Boaz – and the cause of death was determined to have been multiple gunshot wounds; Wills had been reported missing from Etowah County.
The body was found after Geraldine Police Chief Nelson Gregory, and members of the Geraldine Fire Department, responded to the a report of a vehicle fire on County Road 135, at around 11:00 Tuesday morning; the vehicle was quickly traced back to Etowah County and its owner Gary Lee Willis.
The agencies involved in that investigation include: the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, and the Alabama State Fire Marshal – in addition to drug units within those agencies.
Anyone with any information regarding the case is urged to contact the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at (256) 845-3801.
DeKalb County authorities are working to identify a body found in a burning car near Geraldine, on Tuesday morning.
According to the website al.com, Sheriff Jimmy Harris said firefighters responded to the scene at around 11:00am on a field road near County Road 135; the vehicle, which was badly burned, was found with a body inside.
Harris said the body was so badly burned, that it was impossible to tell if that person was male or female or even determine the exact cause of death.
Information from Huntsville will hopefully be available soon – as the body has already been sent for autopsy.
Investigators are treating the case as a homicide.
Harris said they are following up on missing person cases involving male subjects in Etowah and Marshall Counties.