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August 21, 2014
Cleburne County crash, death investigation

Police: Body found in Cleburne Co. is missing Anniston woman

Dog traveling with woman found alive

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Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014 4:50 pm | Updated: 6:26 pm, Mon Jul 7, 2014.

Anniston police on Monday announced that a body found inside a wrecked car off a Cleburne County Road is likely a missing Anniston woman.

According to a press release from Anniston police Capt. Allen George, investigators were searching along the shoulders of local roadways when they discovered an overturned vehicle that matched the description of one belonging to 45-year-old Margie Mize.

Mize was reported missing on June 24. She was last seen driving her Nissan Sentra, traveling with her dog, Katie.

George said in the release that Katie was at the scene, but officers with Anniston Animal Control were unable to catch the dog. According to George, Mize’s family members planned to continue searching for the dog. Friends and family reportedly found the dog later Monday afternoon.

The vehicle found in Cleburne County Monday appeared to have left the roadway, struck a large tree and overturned in a heavily wooded ravine, making it impossible to be spotted by passing motorists, according to George.

Dennis Green, chief deputy of the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, said his agency received a report of a possible dead body about noon and sent deputies to the scene, on Cleburne County Road 24 near Abel.

Investigators covered the vehicle and removed it from the scene. The body was sent to a forensics lab in Huntsville for an autopsy and identification.

At 1:30 p.m. Monday, firefighters blocked views of the scene with a plastic sheet. The sheet was later removed to allow a wrecker to remove the vehicle. Afterward, firefighters parked two sport utility vehicles across the road, again blocking views of the scene.

Kevin Cook, a public information officer with the Alabama State Troopers, said Monday afternoon that the agency is investigating the crash and will release more information when the investigation is complete.

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