Body of Missing Selma Man Found, Death Investigation Now Underway


By Alabama News Network

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  A missing person case in Selma is now a death investigation after the man's body is found this afternoon.

The body of 66 year old Arthur Lee McWilliams was discovered in a wooded area behind a trailer on the 700 block of Johnson Street in the Selmont community.

"Right now it's under a death investigation," Sgt. Evelyn Ghant with the Selma Police Department.

Ghant said search teams had been out all this week combing the areas where McWilliams was known to walk and pick up scrap metals.

"It is a wooded area and it does have a bunch of trash and the possibility cans and just garbage, household garbage in the back and you know we just went back there and just looked when we discovered him," she said.

Dallas County Coroner Alan Dailey was helping with the search when McWilliams' body was found.

"He'll be sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Montgomery to have an autopsy performed on him to determine the cause and the manner of death in there," said Dailey.

Dailey said having an autopsy done is standard procedure in a case like this one -- to help determine whether the cause of death was or was NOT the result of foul play.

Dailey says it could take forensics as little as a few hours -- up to a few months to determine the cause of death.


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