The man hunt on Lookout Mountain in DeKalb and Cherokee Counties has ended. Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver took Norma Jo Grinnell into custody at 9:17 am today at a chicken house on Cherokee County road 47. Doug Minor run out the back of the poultry house but deputies immediately seized him. Sheriff Shaver said Grinnell is being treated for injuries before the two are taken to the DeKalb County Jail in Fort Payne for processing.
DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris told WEIS Radio News his department was looking for the couple in connection with the death of Bobbie Lynn Ross of 1587 County road 127 (Jennings Road) on Lookout Mountain. Sheriff Harris said his department received a report around 4:00 am Saturday of an unresponsive female at that address.
When Deputies arrived on the scene they found the victim inside the residence. The cause of death is undetermined at this time but could possibly be blunt force trauma to the head and injuries to the body. District Attorney Mike O’Dell ordered an autopsy. The victim has been transported by the Coroner to the Department of Forensic Science in Huntsville for the autopsy.
Sheriff Harris said the victim lived with 32 year old Doug Minor at the residence who was not there. That’s when the manhunt began for Minor and Norma Jo Grinnell as persons of interest in connection with Ross’s death. Harris said they have reason to believe both Minor and Grinnell were at the house when the death occurred.
According to Sheriff Harris the male suspect, Doug Minor, stopped at a relative’s house in Cherokee County at around 10:00 pm Saturday and asked for water and a cigarette to which the family member allegedly refused and asked him and the female suspect to leave. Officers in a helicopter with infrared cameras and officers on foot with tracking dogs scoured the area well into the night without turning up the couple.
We will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.