According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, the Major Crimes Unit is investigating a homicide, after human remains were found in the Cedar Bluff area. On Sunday, March 29, a citizen called the Sheriff’s Office to report seeing what appeared to be human remains. A subsequent search by law enforcement along the roadside of County Road 82 led to the discovery of additional remains.
According to Major Crimes Unit Director Josh Summerford, the apparent victim has not been positively identified at this time, but Cherokee County Coroner Jeremy Deaton has sent the evidence to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for DNA identification.
Sheriff Shaver reports Terry Lee McKinney, 63, of Cedar Bluff has been arrested in connection with the murder and is in the Cherokee County Detention Center. No other information may be released at this time as the case remains under investigation by the Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit, which is made up of investigators with the Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Bluff Police, Leesburg Police, Centre Police, and the District Attorney’s Office. The JSU Centre for Applied Science Team assisted in the investigation.