TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Tuscumbia Police said a body found at a home on Thursday prompted lockdowns at both Deshler Middle School and Deshler High School. A man was charged with murder Friday in connection to the investigation.
Tuscumbia Police said a female body was found at a home at 114 Monroe Drive less than a mile from Deshler High School. The sheriff’s office has identified the woman as 33-year-old Jennifer Parrish, originally of Florence.
Authorities charged Marlan Phillips is charged with murder and abuse of a corpse, both felony charges.
Chief Tony Logan told News 19 that someone came to check on the residents of the home when they found Parrish dead on the floor in one of the bedrooms. Logan said it appears the woman was stabbed to death.
Chief Logan confirmed Parrish and Phillips were in a relationship and have at least one child together.
Her body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for an autopsy.
Tuscumbia City Schools Superintendent Russ Tate said both schools were placed on a soft lockdown around 11:45 a.m. due to an unrelated incident in the community. He said at no time was there an incident on any campus.
“Student and employee safety is our number one concern when handling situations like this…This was to ensure the safety of our students and employees. Tuscumbia City Schools along with the Tuscumbia Police Department felt this was necessary protocol to ensure a safe school environment,” Tate said.
He reiterated that at no time was there an incident on campus. Both schools were taken out of soft lockdown around 1:30 p.m.
Helen Keller Hospital was also placed on a soft lockdown for a time on Thursday.
Chief Logan said if you have any information regarding this murder, you can call the Tuscumbia Police Department at (256) 383-3121. You can also call Colbert County 911.