Sheriff’s deputies on Sunday were looking for the person or persons who shot and killed a man and his grandson at their home on Rabbittown Road early Sunday morning.
Investigators Sunday afternoon had no motive or suspects in the deaths.
Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown identified the men as Travis Frost, 73, and 23-year-old Joshua Moody. He said they were pronounced dead at 5:15 Sunday morning.
Sheriff Matthew Wade told reporters Sunday afternoon that Frost’s wife had called authorities shortly after 4 a.m., reporting that someone had broken into the home.
Wade said the intruder or intruders shot Frost and Moody. Frost’s wife, who’d hidden in a bedroom, was unharmed, he said.
A vehicle stolen from the home was found abandoned later Sunday morning in Piedmont, Wade said.
The sheriff said authorities did not know how many people were involved in the crime, and had not yet identified any suspects. Wade said one man was being held on “ancillary charges” not related to the homicide.
The vehicle found in Piedmont was being examined by forensic investigators, Wade said. A truck from Jacksonville State University’s Center for Applied Forensics was parked outside the home on Sunday.
Crime scene tape blocked access to home’s driveway from Rabbittown Road, in a remote part of eastern Calhoun County surrounded by the Talladega National Forest.
A large vegetable garden in the front yard blocked much of the view of the mobile home from the street Sunday. A trailer sat roadside with a for sale sign attached.
“Why this happened, would love to give you the answer,” Wade said to reporters outside the home. “This is a shock for all of Calhoun County.”
Tommy Martin, a friend of Moody’s, in a message to The Star on Sunday said both graduated from White Plains High School in 2012, and that Moody went by his middle name, Dylan.
“He was that guy who made you laugh. I don't think I ever saw him without a smile,” Martin wrote. “Just a funny guy and someone who I respected highly.”
Wade said deputies were working the case along with Jacksonville State University’s Center for Applied Forensics, U.S. Marshals and the 7th Judicial Circuit Major Crimes Unit.