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Woman's body found in Franklin County

(Source: WAFF Staff) (Source: WAFF Staff)

A death investigation is underway in Franklin County.

The body of 39-year-old April Welch Hamm was found Sunday night in Phil Campbell in a ditch off Highway 237 and Woodward Road. Investigators believe Hamm was not struck by a car, but she did have some wounds on her face.

"From the angle and everything it’s hard to understand why someone didn't see the body, it was visible from the road and I guess people are just busy and this road is well traveled," said Phil Campbell Police Chief Merrell Potter.

Potter said Hamm was last seen Saturday night, but had likely been lying next to Woodard Road for several hours.Potter said Hamm was first discovered by a neighbor who thought someone had dropped a purse but then found much more.

Potter said Hamm had a wallet with some cash in it and a couple of cell phones that had come out of the purse when impact took place.

"So it’s not like a robbery or something like that," Potter said.

Potter said Hamm moved away for a while but then returned to Phil Campbell and is a familiar face there.

Hamm's body is in Huntsville undergoing an autopsy to help determine a cause of death and give investigators more of a time frame of when she died

If you have information to contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Department or Phil Campbell Police Department.

A body found in the town of a little more than 1,000 is rare. The chief said he hasn't had to deal with something like this in eight years.

"It’s extremely sad, but it’s the kind of world we live in today," He said. "Human life, human bodies have no meaning to people."

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