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    AL - Eric Cates, 32, & dog found dead in burned truck, Walker County, 21 March 2015

    http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/in...after_man.html

    What happened to a man and his dog found dead in burned truck? Family seeks answers
    "Eric Cates and his beloved dog, Gypsy, were rarely apart. They reveled in the crowds at the race track on his family's land; spent time at his brother's home, delighting his nephews; or just drove in his truck."

    "Authorities have released few details since Saturday, when a group of hunters saw his burned pickup truck parked behind the old Empire School and called the Walker County Sheriff's Department."

    "Since Saturday, family members have been on social media nearly 24 hours a day. They read every comment and every prayer posted on the Justice for Eric Cates Facebook page set up by his cousin."

    http://www.cullmantimes.com/news/inf...d9d133c85.html

    "Cullman County Sheriff Gentry also said since the death was reported, numerous calls have been received at the local sheriff’s office with people offering information that may be important to the investigation."

    http://wiat.com/2015/03/25/mother-of...ck-speaks-out/

    Eric Cates mother, Tobbie Stover, was emotional when talking about the gruesome death of her son. “To know that there was nothing in the car except skeleton was heart wrenching. I wouldn’t want anyone to have to go through this. No one,” said Stover.

    Eric Cates and Gypsy.jpgEric Cate and Gypsy 2.jpgEric Cates Poster.jpg
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    Cyrus C. convicted of 2004 arson in Harvey, La. that killed 4 people, including his 19-month-old daughter, his teenage girlfriend, the girlfriend's mom and GF's young brother (age 11). He was acquitted in 2008 (state charges) in 2008 and found GUILTY (federal charges) in 2013

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/...d_of_2004.html

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    How horrible.

    I'm a sucker for a handsome guy with a dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charminglane View Post
    How horrible.

    I'm a sucker for a handsome guy with a dog.
    Me too, CharmingLane. A good looking guy with smiling eyes and a great smile, a dog he loves and and a pickup truck too is a combination that is so likeable. This is such a mysterious case. By all accounts Eric was well liked and I have seen no hint of any suspicious activities in his life. He seemed to be a hardworking guy who was close to his mom, brother, sis in law and his nephews.

    Although he died March 21, he has yet to be laid to rest. His funeral is still pending the release of his body. The autopsy has yet to be released. I am sure they are doing much testing of his body and the truck for any signs of foul play. They are likely doing toxicology as well as testing items in his truck for traces of arson related fire accelerates.

    It is puzzling that the Jessica Chambers story in Mississippi just a few month ago (she was also found in her burning car and died hours later) has gotten so much press but this story has had so little. here is a link to the FB page his cousin started, called "Justice for Eris Cates". https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justi...017733?fref=ts His mother and family have posted there. They deserves answers about what happened and why and support from people while this investigation goes on.
    SwampMama

    GUILTY!!!

    Cyrus C. convicted of 2004 arson in Harvey, La. that killed 4 people, including his 19-month-old daughter, his teenage girlfriend, the girlfriend's mom and GF's young brother (age 11). He was acquitted in 2008 (state charges) in 2008 and found GUILTY (federal charges) in 2013

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/...d_of_2004.html

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    Who does these things?? I continue to be astounded at the level of depravity across our 50 states. rip eric and gypsy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by east2west View Post
    Who does these things?? I continue to be astounded at the level of depravity across our 50 states. rip eric and gypsy.
    Worldwide if you ask me. I hope they find who did this. It's very sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwampMama View Post
    Me too, CharmingLane. A good looking guy with smiling eyes and a great smile, a dog he loves and and a pickup truck too is a combination that is so likeable. This is such a mysterious case. By all accounts Eric was well liked and I have seen no hint of any suspicious activities in his life. He seemed to be a hardworking guy who was close to his mom, brother, sis in law and his nephews.

    Although he died March 21, he has yet to be laid to rest. His funeral is still pending the release of his body. The autopsy has yet to be released. I am sure they are doing much testing of his body and the truck for any signs of foul play. They are likely doing toxicology as well as testing items in his truck for traces of arson related fire accelerates.

    It is puzzling that the Jessica Chambers story in Mississippi just a few month ago (she was also found in her burning car and died hours later) has gotten so much press but this story has had so little. here is a link to the FB page his cousin started, called "Justice for Eris Cates". https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justi...017733?fref=ts His mother and family have posted there. They deserves answers about what happened and why and support from people while this investigation goes on.
    Jessica's case gets more media attention because it was ruled a homicide. Media attention will pick up if Eric's death is ruled a homicide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyBelle View Post
    Jessica's case gets more media attention because it was ruled a homicide. Media attention will pick up if Eric's death is ruled a homicide.

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    This story just came thru my FB Time line.

    How could this case not be ruled a homicide???

    So Sad Indeed a Good Looking guy with an awesome looking dog.

    I hope the family is able to find closure and soon.

    I'll be following and praying they do

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    The county coroner said he is still waiting for the findings from a state-conducted autopsy.

    Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to contact the Walker County Sheriff's Office at 205-302-6464. If the information relates to the Cullman area, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at (256) 734-0342.

    http://www.cullmantimes.com/news/cor...5e8a252e0.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyBelle View Post
    Jessica's case gets more media attention because it was ruled a homicide. Media attention will pick up if Eric's death is ruled a homicide.

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    Jessica's case also gets more attention because she was a pretty blonde young lady, IMO.
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    In the link in the first post, his mother commented how good he looked, dressed nice, all washed up, cleaned up truck. Could a woman be involved in whatever happened to him? Did he have a date with a new lady or a special date with a longer-term girlfriend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wendybtn View Post
    Jessica's case also gets more attention because she was a pretty blonde young lady, IMO.
    I'll agree to disagree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colette View Post
    The county coroner said he is still waiting for the findings from a state-conducted autopsy.

    Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to contact the Walker County Sheriff's Office at 205-302-6464. If the information relates to the Cullman area, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at (256) 734-0342.

    http://www.cullmantimes.com/news/cor...5e8a252e0.html

    Hopefully this delay means they are taking their time and doing a thorough job of gathering any potential evidence that can help them find the person(s) responsible for this. Maybe the lack of info is intentional because there is information that has not been released?

    Odd there are not more local media sources reporting on this case.

    Is anyone local to this area/case?


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    http://www.cullmantimes.com/news/wal...c43334fc9.html

    "Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood said investigators are still waiting on a full forensics report from the state, which will hopefully be completed by the end of the week. In the meantime, Underwood said investigators have conducted interviews with 45-50 people in relation to the case, and the body of the dog found in the truck has been sent for additional examination at Auburn."

    Social media has wonderful in getting the word out about this case. I hope that Eric's mother gets the answers she needs. Losing a son is bad enough but to lose a son in such an awful way is just so sad.
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    Cyrus C. convicted of 2004 arson in Harvey, La. that killed 4 people, including his 19-month-old daughter, his teenage girlfriend, the girlfriend's mom and GF's young brother (age 11). He was acquitted in 2008 (state charges) in 2008 and found GUILTY (federal charges) in 2013

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/...d_of_2004.html

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    Adding a link with Video from March 27th to the thread. This poor Mom I pray she sees justice for her son and his dog.

    The link also contains video which shows the truck being towed away on a flatbed.

    Mother believes her son's body was found in burned truck in Walker County

    Posted: Mar 27, 2015 11:19 PM EDTUpdated: Apr 03, 2015 11:29 PM EDT


    WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

    Last weekend the burned bodies of a man and dog were found inside a truck found near the old, abandoned Empire School.

    Tobbie Stover believes the body is that of her son, Eric Cates. She hasn't heard from him since last Friday, March 20. That's the day Eric Cates went to visit friends in Walker County.

    ............

    A Facebook page called
    "Justice for Eric Cates" has more than 8,000 likes. It's where many are posting well wishes for his family.

    "We never would of suspected anything like this,” said Chris Cates, Eric's brother. “He was a good man. He had problems like everyone else, but no enemies."

    Stover said what happened to her son is evil and she wants to know who took his life and why.


    http://www.myfoxal.com/story/2863691...-walker-county

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwampMama View Post
    http://www.cullmantimes.com/news/wal...c43334fc9.html

    "Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood said investigators are still waiting on a full forensics report from the state, which will hopefully be completed by the end of the week. In the meantime, Underwood said investigators have conducted interviews with 45-50 people in relation to the case, and the body of the dog found in the truck has been sent for additional examination at Auburn."

    Social media has wonderful in getting the word out about this case. I hope that Eric's mother gets the answers she needs. Losing a son is bad enough but to lose a son in such an awful way is just so sad.

    Very Curious to see the results of this report and if they release any further details like a possible COD of both Eric & the Dog. I'm also curious if there were signs of an accelerate present. If so I wonder if has LE obtained any video from near by gas stations of anyone who may have purchased fuel in cans around the time of the incident Perhaps even video of Eric's truck from business on the route to his destination in Walker County?

    Not much information being released yet

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