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Missing Selma man's body found floating in drainage system


The Selma Police Department has called off the search for a missing man after finding his body floating in a drainage system.

Investigators were called to the 1800 block of Highway 14 East Tuesday morning after receiving an E-911 call about a body. When authorities arrived on the scene, they found the body of a black male floating in the drainage system.

The body and clothing fit the description of 47-year-old Chester "Sam" Walker, a man who had disappeared from his home around 1 a.m. Sunday. Officers had been searching for Walker since his brother called them to the man's Marie Foster Street home that afternoon. Mr. Walker suffered from a mental disorder and could not be found.

The Selma Fire and Rescue Department pulled the body from the water onto the bank and the Dallas County Coroner conducted a preliminary inspection of the victim.

The body was identified as that of Mr. Walker and was transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Montgomery for an autopsy.

The missing person case has been reclassified as a death investigation. At this time, a cause of death has not been released.

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