According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, the victim was apparently a handyman who did work for McKinney from time to time. The sheriff did not refer to the individual by name due to the fact that a positive ID has yet to be made with autopsy results still pending – the family of Foster has, however, stated that he was indeed the person slain.
Foster was last seen alive, Monday, March 23rd and he was reported missing Friday, March 27th.
Human remains were found Sunday (March 29th) along County Road 82 in Cedar Bluff and the wheelchair bound McKinney was arrested and charged with murder that same day.
Investigators searched his home that day, and returned for a second search on Wednesday (April 1st); reportedly, additional body parts have been discovered, some by homeowners after family pets dragged the remains onto their property.
No information has been released regarding a possible motive in the case; Sheriff Shaver is calling it one of the most brutal slayings he’s seen in some 34 years of law enforcement.
Bond for McKinney has been set at one million dollars.
That case remains under investigation by the Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit.
A memorial service for Leroy “Pete” Foster has been set for 11:00am Saturday (April 4th) at the Providence Church in Leesburg.
(Information provided in part by al.com/www.al.com)