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Motorist discovers dead body on the side of the road in Lee County

Lee County officials are investigating a death on Lee Road 401.
Lee County officials are investigating a death on Lee Road 401. srobinson@ledger-enquirer.com

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify a body that was found on the side of the road early this morning on Lee Road 401.

Sheriff Jay Jones said his office received a call around 6:37 am. CDT from a motorist who spotted what he believed to be a dead body on the side road.

Deputies arrived on the scene at Lee Road 401 near its intersection with Lee Road 170 and found a black adult male dead. Authorities are trying to identify the victim, who Lee County Coroner Bill Harris believes has been dead at least 12 hours. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:25 a.m.

“We don’t know cause, manner, why he’s there or how he ended up there,” Jones said. “Investigators are on the scene.”

The body was found in the Salem area, but not within confines of the Salem community. It was 2 miles from the Russell County line.

The road was temporarily blocked and reopened by 11:15 a.m.

The body was removed from the scene and will be sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for a postmortem examination and positive identification today.

The death investigation is ongoing by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Lee County Coroner’s Office and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

Anyone with information on the death should contact the sheriff’s office at 334-749-5651 or the coroner’s office at 334-737-3620.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92

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