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DeKalb County man charged with murder after body found buried in barrel in woods

VALLEY HEAD, Ala. - The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office arrested a man on a murder charge after receiving a tip about a possible murder that happened a few months ago.

Authorities say when they arrived at 22-year-old Marcus Gordon Ricketts' residence on Road 9095 in Valley Head, he confessed and led deputies and investigators to a body buried in the woods behind the residence.

Ricketts was taken into custody and charged with murder.

The investigation is still ongoing and authorities are still waiting for identification from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said a feud apparently led to the murder. “This subject has been missing since May and a missing person report was filed. We received information that this person had been possibly stabbed or struck with a blunt object, stuffed in a 55-gallon drum that was sealed at both ends and poured with loose concrete. It only took a short amount of time to locate the barrel."

Sheriff Harris continued, "We had a lot of assistant from our Deputies, Investigators, the District Attorney’s Office, Mark Hopwood from the Department of Forensic Science at Jacksonville State University, Sylvania Police Department and various agencies and I would like to thank them all for their hard work.”