Body found in Wills Creek Thursday

A passerby on Prestwood Drive originally called authorities about a possible body being seen in Wills Creek.

A body was found Thursday in Wills Creek, south off Prestwood Drive. Fort Payne Police Chief Randy Bynum said his office received a call around 12:40 p.m. Bynum said the person who called said they could see something in the creek that looked like a body when they were driving down Prestwood Drive. Bynum said when authorities arrived on the scene, they discovered the body of a white male. Fort Payne Fire and Rescue, District Attorney Mike O’Dell, DeKalb County Coroner Tom Wilson, Fort Payne Police Department and special investigator personnel were on the scene.

Bynum said the body has not yet been identified but that District Attorney Mike O’Dell ordered Thursday for the body to be sent to Huntsville for an autopsy.

“I would assume that the coroner took him to Huntsville [Thursday] because that was in the order from District Attorney Mike O’Dell,” Bynum said. “There will be an autopsy done in Huntsville at the Department of Forensic Science.

“We are hoping to establish an identity. We have a little bit of a reason to believe we know who it is, but we can’t go on just what we think. We have to go on solid evidence. This man belongs to someone’s family and we don’t want to put out misinformation. We want to make sure we get the correct ID and notify his family. So we are currently working on that.”

Bynum said a form of identification was found on the man, but that it was not a positive one.

“There was an ID on him, but we can’t be 100 percent sure that that’s him until they clean the body up and do the forensic testing and try to establish a DNA pattern,” Bynum said.

This is an ongoing investigation and there are no further details at this time. We will report more information when it becomes available.

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