[Warning: The below story contains graphic details] By the edhat staff Jefferey Douglas Kimzey went missing in 1997 and through DNA advancements, detectives have identified his body in a brutal murder investigation. Alabama's Marshall County Sheriff’s Office announced this week they have...
On April 15, 1997 a teenager discovered a decomposing body in a wooded area near the town of Union Grove, Alabama.
According to the county's Chief Investigator, Keith Wilson, the head and hands were cut off with “some type of saw,” while the feet were gnawed off by animals. The heart and spleen had been removed with surgical-type skill, leading investigators to believe they may have held evidence and/or delay identification of the body. Additionally, a handful of air fresheners were found nearby.
“Someone went to great lengths to hide the identity of our victim and the cause of his death,” said Wilson, "the victim’s feet were bound by rope and then around the scene, they found other pieces of rope."
Investigators were unable to identify the "moderately decomposed" body and believed he may have been stabbed or shot in a separate location before being dumped in that area.