HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The remains of Mary Carrithers has been found in Morgan County and a suspect has been charged with her murder.Carrithers was
in April, 2011 by her sister.
At a news conference on Tuesday, investigators said Carrithers' body was found in a wooded area off Highway 231 in Morgan County.
In 2012, acting on a tip, deputies dug up the yard behind the home at Carrithers' last known address in Owens Cross Roads. This was a year after she was reported missing. Deputies used a backhoe and cadaver dogs and found nothing.
However, in recent weeks, investigators came across new information and went back to old witnesses.
"We went back through the case file, pulled these people's names out and started interviewing again and hard investigative work broke this case and ended up where we are at right now," said Sergeant Brian Chaffin.
Chaffin said in the past, it was not unusual for Carrithers to go away for days at a time due to violence in the home. However, as time went by, her family knew something was wrong.
Mary's sister, Amal, said Mary and her ex-husband Charles Carrithers had a long history of domestic violence.
Charles Carrithers has been arrested in connection with Mary's death. He was charged with murder and booked into the Metro Jail on $750,000 bond.
After years of searching, Chaffin said he's "100%" confident Charles Carrithers will be convicted.
According to Chaffin, the investigation into the murder doesn't stop with Charles Carrithers' arrest.