WINSTON COUNTY, Ala. -- Family members and authorities confirm the body of Jennifer White was found Sunday during a community search led by a Huntsville private investigator in Bankhead National Forest.
White had been missing for four weeks as law enforcement, her family, and the community looked for clues that would help find her.
Chief Lyndon McWhorter of Moulton Police said the department has closed its missing person's case.
"This has been a trying case," he told WHNT News 19 by phone. "This is not the outcome I wanted, but it is closure."
Winston County Sheriff, Tommy Moore, said the body has been taken to the Department of Forensic Science to be examined.
White went missing on April 8 and investigators say she was driving a black 2007 Chevy Tahoe with a pink “Salt Life” sticker on the rear window. A vehicle matching that description was found by the search party. Authorities later confirmed the vehicle was White's.
Surveillance footage put White's last known whereabouts at Warrior Mountain Trading Post the day she disappeared, the location the search party started at.
The last time White's husband, Moulton City Councilman Brent White or her daughters heard from her was a bizarre text message from her phone, at 1 a.m. in the morning the day after she was last seen. Her daughter Beth said she received a group message, "to me and my sister's phone that didn`t even sound like her, saying she was going to go be at peace and that she loved us."
Sheriff Tommy Moore said in a Facebook post, “I extend my deepest condolences to Mrs. White's family. I am thankful for any measure of comfort and closure that today’s discovery might bring. I ask everyone to keep this family in your prayers during the many difficult days ahead.”
Sheriff Moore added in the post: “I extend my gratitude to Lt. Jonathan Winters and his agents with the State Bureau of Investigation, Chief Deputy Bryan Kirkpatrick, Investigator Caleb Snoddy, and deputies from my office, Ranger Sonny St. John of the US Forest Service, as well as members of the Winston County Coroner’s Office, Marion/Winston County District Attorney’s Office, and Mud Tavern Fire and Rescue. They all assisted in the removal of the body and evidence from the death scene.”
Details are limited at this time, we will continue to update this story.