Alabama Law Enforcement Agency: Body found at South Sauty Creek

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is leading the investigation.

Posted: Mar 12, 2019 6:50 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2019 9:45 AM

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Marine Patrol Troopers responded to South Sauty Creek after three fishermen on a boat reported finding a body at Morgan's Cove Boat Ramp around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

South Sauty Creek flows through Buck's Pocket State Park, where a teen, Koy Spears, went missing on February 22, 2019. A trooper says the body could possibly be Spears', and officials should have a positive identification on the body by Wednesday afternoon. Both of Spears' parents responded to the scene.

An autopsy of the body will begin Tuesday night at the Huntsville Forensic Science Lab. Officials say the body has been identified as male, and it was found about 1.5 miles away from where Koy Spears went missing.

The fishermen are not from the area, but they were aware of the search for Spears. The part of the water where the body was found is three to five feet deep.

Officials say the body has not been touched or disturbed by anyone other than forensics. Forensics arrived to the scene around 7:45 p.m., and the body was removed from the water around 8:40 p.m.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is leading the investigation. Sheriff's offices from DeKalb, Marshall and Jackson counties responded to the scene.

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