NEW DETAILS: Lawrence County Detectives Investigate Man’s Death


Hunters find a body on County Road 84 near Bankhead Forest.

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Detectives are investigating a man’s suspicious death in the Bankhead Forest.

Deputies say two hunters found a body on County Road 84 on Monday evening.  Sheriff Gene Mitchell says the man was Jose Ruiz, 32, of Decatur.

The Sheriff says his team needs to talk with anyone who knows Ruiz, especially if they saw him within the past 48 hours.  Please call the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at (256) 974-9291.

Ruiz’s vehicle, a 2008 white Chevrolet Silverado truck with an extended cab, is still missing.  It has an Alabama license tag 52C31K2.

His body has been sent for an autopsy.  Investigators collected several pieces of evidence from the scene.

Investigators haven’t said how Ruiz died.

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