MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - Multiple law enforcement officers were working with digging crews on Granto Road in Harvest on Monday. While they did not connect their work Monday with the disappearance of Jennifer Powers, the area where they have been working has been a focus of the investigation in the past.
Lt. Donny Shaw with the Madison County Sheriff's Office says that at this time the office "cannot confirm or deny anything that's happening on the property because there's a sensitivity that's developed over the last few days."
We expect to learn more in the coming days.
For almost ten years, the Madison County Sheriff's Office and other agencies have been searching for Jennifer Powers. She was last seen at her house on Granto Road on July 12, 2008. Now, investigators are focusing on the property and its adjacent land with digging equipment, including a Bobcat, and working late into Monday evening according to people who live nearby.
It started as a missing person case, with authorities following several leads and information from the public, and searching Powers' former home. Powers left behind her purse, her driver license, even her medication when she disappeared.
The circumstances surrounding Powers' disappearance has led the sheriff's office to believe she is a victim of a homicide. A $10,000 reward is on the table for any information leading to an arrest or closure in the case.
Deputies returned in July of 2017 to excavate her former backyard for more clues. Investigators still haven't released what they found nearly a year ago.
In late March, attention resumed on this case. The Madison County Sheriff's Office confirmed that they are still actively investigating the case and reminded the public they will not rest on it.
"At this time we do a have a person of interest in this case that we believe there is foul play involved and we are pursuing leads to follow-up in an attempt to bring this case to closure," said Lt. Brian Chaffin last month.
Now that there is more work at the same road where Powers once lived, WHNT News 19 is working for more information about what is going on there. Family members are also waiting for word.
Jessica Rikard, Powers' former sister-in-law, said in a message to us, "All I can say right know is we really appreciate the hard work of everyone helping and for not letting Jennifer be forgotten. She deserves to be found and get justice for what happened to her. She was a good mother and friend. We pray for closure and that Jennifer will finally be at peace."