Body of missing man from Hartselle found in Cullman County, 2 arrested

HARTSELLE, Ala. - Hartselle Police say they have closed the case of a man missing since early February. They say investigators found the body of Daniel Ray Osborn II in a Cullman County community, and two people have been charged with murder.

A Facebook post by Hartselle Police says 20-year-old Tyler Hudson and 19-year-old Andrew Maresh are the men charged with murder for the death of 22-year-old Osborn. They are currently being held without bond.

Left: Hudson Right: Maresh
(photo: Cullman County Sheriff's Office)

The police department first shared information of Osborn's disappearance on Facebook in late February. They said family members hadn't seen him since February 3.  According to authorities, his roommate said he thought Osborn was moving to Huntsville with a woman.

Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry says they talked with several people around Cullman, Hartselle and Fairview, which ultimately led them to the home near Fairview where they found the body buried.

"The suspects and the victim were known to travel from Morgan County to Cullman County," said Sheriff Gentry.

Maresh and Hudson were arrested Monday night in Baileyton. Sheriff Gentry said that "they had a relationship as far as friends and they were known associates together."

Osborn's family got a text from him a few days after Valentine's Day, around the same time his car was found abandoned in Baileyton. But Sheriff Gentry didn't specify if he believes the two young men killed Osborn and tried to get rid of the car. "It comes down to making the right decision. I think in society today, our youth are numb to decision making and numb to the reality of life."

Sheriff Gentry didn't get into specifics today on any possible motive for why Osborn was killed.