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Marshall County deputies release recently discovered info on body found in 90′s

Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 8:51 AM CDT
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MARSHALL CO., Ala. (WAFF) - Chief Investigator, Keith Wilson, held a press conference on Wednesday to release new information on a body that was found in Marshall County in the early 90′s.

In 1997, an unidentified body was found here on Eagle Rock Drive in a rural area, north of Arab.

The victim’s body was decomposing in a creek bed. Missing, were his hands, feet, head, and heart.

Wilson said it’s obvious someone wanted to hide the victim’s identity and cause of death.

“It’s been a challenge because we have our day to day investigate things that come along for robberies, thefts, murders and it’s challenging to find time to go back and work on this cold case,” said Wilson.

To help identify the victim, the sheriff’s office partnered with a company called Parabon to create a sketch of his face.

“They take the DNA and they can tell you the shape, the size of the victims face, hair color, his eye color and his freckling and skin color,” said Wilson

Wilson said the DNA sketch can’t predict factors like facial hair or hairstyle.

Sheriff Phil Sims said leads in the investigation have always turned into dead ends.

“All of the leads and people we have interviewed we don’t know the exact facts, so we don’t know who is telling the truth. So if we can identify the victim that’s key to solving the case,” said Sims.

Investigators are also using genealogy to try and find relatives of the victim.

Watch the full briefing below.

The presser was held at 9 a.m. in the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. According to the MCSO, images of what they suspect the victim to have looked like in the 90′s will be released.

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