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Homicide investigation underway after female found dead in Albertville

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM CDT
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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Albertville Police Department officers are investigating a possible homicide on Friday morning.

Shortly before 6:30 a.m. on November 5, APD received reports of a single-vehicle accident in a ditch on Dixie Dale Road. Officers discovered a deceased female outside of the vehicle with several shell casings near the scene.

The female has been identified as Jana Miller Chatman. The 32-year-old lived in Douglas.

Authorities are investigating the death of Jana Chatman after her body was discovered on Friday.
Authorities are investigating the death of Jana Chatman after her body was discovered on Friday.(waff)

Allen Champion is from the area and says he couldn’t believe something like this would happen.

He said the community is pretty quiet.

“I’ve never heard of anything like this, so I’m shocked because stuff like this or whatever happened, you just never hear stuff like that around here,” said Champion.

Albertville Police Chief Jamie Smith said they are doing all they can to get answers.

“We did talk to some neighbors in the area, and it is a sparsely populated area, and we did have some people approach us that they heard gunshots before we got there, so we are hoping that somebody saw something,” said Smith.

Detectives are treating the investigation as a homicide at this time.

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