MONTGOMERY COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - The day after Montgomery County Chief Deputy confirmed foul play was suspected in a death investigation near Waugh, the sheriff's office is releasing the name of the victim.
The sheriff’s office opened the investigation Wednesday afternoon after responding to a medical emergency call, Col. Jon Briggs said. When they responded to the scene in the 12000 block of Highway 80 East, they found a man’s body.
He’s now identified as 37-year-old LaBrandon Tatum whom Briggs said has lived in the Waugh community for six or seven years and in Tuskegee previously.
Murphy said the body was found at what was once the Stinson Grocery store, which has been out of business for some time. According to the sheriff’s office, someone walked into the business and found the body, then called police.
“Units got in route and once they arrived on the scene they did locate a subject inside, unresponsive. Shortly after, medics did arrive to the scene and ultimately pronounced the subject deceased on the scene,” Marshawn Garner, an investigator with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office, said.
After investigating, they determined that foul play was involved.
“There does appear to be foul play involved,” Murphy said, “so we’re conducting an investigation and talking to witnesses and family.”
Tatum’s body was found shortly before 5 p.m. but Murphy could not provide any other details.
“This is still very preliminary,” he said.
Now, the sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in solving this case.
“If anyone has any information or saw anything suspicious or out of the ordinary at this location, please call the sheriff’s office and report it immediately,” Marshawn Garner, an investigator with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, said.
Garner said that because the body was found in “broad daylight,” the odds of someone seeing something are high.
“Just near this location there’s frequent traffic here. There’s people driving by and parents picking up kids from school, so the probability of someone noticing something like a person of interest or a vehicle of interest is high,” Garner said.