Albertville Police say the investigation into 15-year-old’s death could be nearing a close

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Albertville Police say the investigation into 15-year-old Jason Richards' death could be nearing a close.

The 15-year-old from Marshall County was missing for several months before his body was found near the Jackson County line, in the Langston community.

Since then, officials have determined the cause of death to be a single gunshot.

Albertville Police have been working tirelessly on the investigation to get answers in a case that takes many steps. "It's not a simple process, it's not an easy process," Assistant Chief Jamie Smith says, "A lot of paperwork involved and it just takes time."

Jason Richards was reported as a missing person on February 8, 2015. He was last seen when he was dropped off by friends in the parking lot of Zaxby’s in Guntersville.

Albertville Police found his body in a remote area in May, working on a tip. It’s not clear how long the teen’s body had been in the wooded area on Lois Lane.

Now, police say the investigation is nearing a close. "I would say we're closer to the end than the beginning, but you never know," Assistant Chief Smith says, "Something could change at any time."

As for word on any potential suspects or pending charges, police can't release that information right now.

Officers say they want to give the family answers as quickly as possible. "Hopefully there will be  a resolution to it very soon," Assistant Chief Smith says.

Albertville Police ask anyone with information on this case to contact them at 256-878-1212.