UPDATE: 23-year-old Russell County homicide victim identified

benw@ledger-enquirer.comApril 22, 2014 

A potential Seale, Ala. homicide victim found at an Avalon Circle mobile home Tuesday afternoon was identified Wednesday morning, according to the Russell County Coroner's Office.

Eric Tunnell Anderson, 23, was found inside the mobile home around 1 p.m., after a friend said he hadn’t seen him in awhile, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said Tuesday.

No details of the death, including what kind of weapon that may have been used, were disclosed. Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. said the cause of death will not be released until an autopsy has been completed. That may take up to two days.

This is Russell County’s second slaying in more than a week.

“We are investigating this certainly as a homicide,” Taylor said. “It does not appear to be accidental or natural or some type of self-inflicted wound.”

Taylor said the friend, who hadn’t seen the victim in days, called the landlord who went into the mobile home.

“They go over a few feet and see the body,” he said.

The body will be transported to the Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy.

Taylor said the sheriff’s office gets a substantial number of calls in the community but he didn’t know of calls at the Anderson's mobile home.

“Avalon Circle, sometimes there are a lot of renters,” the sheriff said. “This guy is a renter and we have a fair number of calls in this area but I don’t know that we have anything specific on this guy and this address.”

The death is the third in Russell County since April 14.

Belinda Williams, 34, was charged last week in the death of her boyfriend Anterio Derran Wynn, whose body was found in the bedroom of his Lamb Road home near Salem. No one had seen Wynn for several days. Authorities said Williams was cheating on Wynn and he confronted her about the affair. Wynn was shot in the back and beaten with a dumbbell on April 12.

Reporter Tiffany Stevens contributed to this story.

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