DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WRCB) -
UPDATE: The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office has identified the body discovered in Ider on August 31st and is now calling the case a homicide.
The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences performed an autopsy and identified the body to be that of 33-year-old Daniel Thomas Fuller of Geraldine who was reported missing August 12 to the Geraldine Police Department.
Family members stated it was not unusual for Fuller to be gone for long periods of time but they had no contact for several weeks this time. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office started working the missing person case August 13 and began to follow leads and track Fuller.
Fuller's car was reported to be near Ider and was checked in late July with no one around it. The car was moved later but no one had contact with Fuller. A rider on horseback found the body and the scene was secured for investigators.
The body was sent to Alabama Department of Forensics Science in Huntsville. The death was listed as a homicide and the cause of death is not being released at this time. The Investigation is on-going.
After presenting evidence to District Attorney Mike O'Dell, a Capital Murder Warrant was issued for the arrest of 32-year-old Daniel Adam Beaty of Valley Head.
Beaty has been in the DeKalb County Jail since mid-August on unrelated charges. Beaty will have no bond for the capital murder charge.
“This was a brutal murder and we are glad to have this suspect in custody. We can't reveal details on this case because we are still interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence. We have a lot of evidence to submit to the lab and we are very confident in our case so far. We talked with the victims' family yesterday and we are proceeding with the case. The District Attorney is aware of the circumstance and has been in contact with our investigators constantly since the discovery of the body. We had to wait a little while to release this information due to the sensitive nature of the case and the evidence. When we got the written report we were able to proceed. This is a tragic situation for both families and everyone involved," said Sheriff Jim Harris.
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The body appears to be that of a missing white male, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators from the Dekalb County Sheriffs Office responded to the scene and began the evidence processing.
Positive identification of the body will be determined by the Alabama Department of Forensics in Huntsville. The body was removed Monday morning and sent to the Alabama Department of Forensics in Huntsville.
DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said “We had people working all night on this case, I hope we can get a positive ID soon and follow up on some leads developed so far.”
The investigation is ongoing. Information regarding this case can be shared with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office at (256) 304-0469.
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