Decomposed body found behind a house in Henry County

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HENRY COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — A death investigation is underway in Henry County following the discovery of a decomposed female body on Thursday.

A Henry County resident discovered the body of a female behind a house near county roads 32 and 255. The resident pulled behind the house and noticed a backpack on the ground.

After further investigation, the body was discovered.

“He called us, and we go out there to investigate, and it was a body, decomposed body,” Sheriff William Maddox said. “It probably had been there from two weeks to a month. The autopsy said over two weeks.”

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The body is believed to be that of a 59-year-old homeless white woman who the sheriff’s office had reportedly spoken to before about some of their investigations. 

“She’d pop up in a lot of different places,” Maddox said. “We don’t know for sure. We don’t want to speculate on what she was doing there, or how she got there, but we don’t expect any foul play.”

Henry County Coroner Derek Wright sent the body to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for autopsy and examination.

“We’ll be able to tell for sure I think in a few days, you know, exactly who she was,” Maddox said.

The identity of the person is being withheld until her next of kin can be notified. Anyone with information on what might have happened can contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 334-585-3131.


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