No ID yet on body found in St. Clair

Friday afternoon, authorities recovered a body found that morning inside a severely burned vehicle in a wooded area off Camp Winnataska Road near Prescott.

ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Authorities have not yet identified the burned body discovered Friday morning in a wooded area near Prescott.

“We have a tentative ID on the victim,” St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell said Monday.

Russell said the body was scheduled to be transferred to Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Huntsville for autopsy Tuesday, along with the dental records for comparison and identification.

Officials would not say whether they believe the body, which was burned beyond recognition, was a male or a emale.

St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles said Friday the remains were found in the trunk of a Dodge Charger, also severely burned, on Camp Winnataska Road near Prescott.

He said the vehicle was seen in that location on Saturday, Oct. 3, but was not reported at that time.

Surles said a different individual reported the vehicle Friday, almost a week after it was first spotted.

Authorities are unsure how long the vehicle had been in that location.

Russell said Friday the case is most likely a homicide, however, authorities will not know for certain until after the autopsy.

Surles said the vehicle was found 400 to 500 yards from where the body of a Shelby County woman was discovered in April.

“We believe it is strictly coincidence that a second body was found in this location,” he said. “This is an isolated area.”

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the matter.

Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department at 205-884-3333 or 205-884-6840.