BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Arrest Made in Missing Man’s Death

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Jeremy Leshun Williams (Photo: Lauderdale Co. Detention Center)

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police say via their FaceBook page they have arrested and charged 29-year-old Jeremy Leshun Williams with the murder of 27-year-old Brioni Rutland.

Police searched an apartment on 117 East Hawthorne Street in Florence Friday night and it led them to an arrest.

Divers with the Florence Police Department and Alabama Marine Police located Rutland’s body early Friday afternoon in the Tennessee River.

Florence Police say information developed by detectives from Tuscumbia and Sheffield Police Departments led authorities to Williams’ apartment early Friday evening.

Evidence located at that apartment led police to believe that Rutland may have been murdered in Florence.


SHEFFIELD, Ala. – UPDATE: The Tuscumbia police chief has confirmed to WHNT News 19 that the body discovered  on Friday under the Old Railroad Bridge in Sheffield is indeed that of 27-year-old Brioni Rutland.

Authorities have not yet confirmed if foul play is suspected.


TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) - Tuscumbia police need the public's help in locating a missing man.

According to investigators, 27-year-old Brioni Rutland has not been heard from or seen since mid-day Tuesday.

Tuscumbia police say they have found a couple of Rutland’s personal items, but have not been able to locate his vehicle, a gold colored Chevrolet Impala, or him.

If you have seen Brioni Rutland or can help investigators, call the Tuscumbia Police Department at 256-383-3121.


  • Kassey Green

    My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family and hope he is found safe and sound wherever he is! I graduated with him and he comes from a very loving family and he’s well respected among his classmates as he always treated others the way he wanted to be treated. Again I hope he is found safe and sound!!

  • Dairce

    I dont know him but I will do my best and keep my eyes open for him and his car.I hope everything comes our ok for him and his family.

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