Reward Offered in Anderson Homicide Investigation

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – New details are being released tonight in the Lauderdale County homicide case of a disabled Anderson man earlier this month.

Although detectives have said they are still searching for the killer, they are narrowing down the field of potential suspects.

“There are probably 12 to 15 people that could have possibly done it,” explained Travis Clemmons, Chief Investigator for the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department.

Clemmons says there were at least that many people who had contact with Royce Varnell in the days leading to his death.

While investigating the death Clemmons says investigators have unearthed a meth ring, Varnell may have been caught up in.

“It’s a good possibility that the people that done this were involved in drugs,” stated Clemmons. “We feel strongly about that.”

According to Clemmons, seven people have been arrested on warrants and drug related charges in hopes of developing leads in the murder case.

Clemmons said more arrests could be handed down in the coming days.

“Sure this was a drug related type offense, but this man was in wheelchair and he didn’t deserve what happened to him.”

And Chief Investigator Travis Clemmons said he will continue working this case until the person or persons involved are brought to justice.

If you have any information that could bring the persons responsible for Royce Varnell’s death to justice, call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 256-386-8685.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered in this case and the call will remain anonymous.