Decatur Police Ask Public For Tips On Man’s Death On Hwy. 31

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) -- Police are asking the public for any information they may have to solve a man's death in Decatur.

The man's body was found Tuesday morning in the middle of the northbound lanes of Highway 31.  WHNT News 19 spoke with family members, who identified him as James Travers, age 21.

Police responded at 1:30 a.m. to a disturbance call at a home on Highway 31 near Mitchell Pines Trail SE.  When officers arrived they found Travers' body in the highway.

According to Decatur Police, a homeowner was chasing two suspected home burglars.  Travers' brother, Caleb Dozier, said his brother was the homeowner.  Police haven't said if Travers was chasing the burglars away or running from the burglars.  He was in the home with his girlfriend when the burglars came.

Both northbound lanes were closed for roughly three hours as police investigated.  A truck was also reportedly seen speeding away from the area at the same time.

Decatur Police ask anyone who was in the area of Mitchell Pines Trail SE or who was traveling on Highway 31 between the Big A convenience store at the foot of Hartselle Mountain and the Wavaho gas station between 12:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. to call (256) 341-INFO (4636) or Detective Sergeant George Silvestri at (256) 341-4634.  Any tip could help and you can stay anonymous if you wish.

WHNT News 19 is working aggressively to gather new information on this story.   We'll continue to post updates on throughout the day.