WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - Authorities believe the body of a missing Wetumpka man may have been found. A decomposed body was discovered late Sunday afternoon in Corn Creek near Tutwiler Prison and the Elmore County Jail.
Tanner Williams was walking along Corn Creek around 3:30 Sunday afternoon when his dog sensed something wrong.
"She stood up real high and started barking, and she took off. I went up there, and there was a body up there, stuck in a pool of water." Williams said.
Williams immediately alerted authorities. Elmore County Chief Deputy Ricky Lowery believes it could be the body of a man who's been missing since May 9th.
Lowery said, "We do believe that it is possibly going to be a Toris Lanard Reeves. According to the clothing description that he was wearing, it matches the information we received back in May."
When family members and friends heard the news, many gathered at Sanctuary Worship Center. His uncle, Rev. W.R. Reeves identified the body.
"As I was standing there with the Sheriff, I knew he was my nephew. I viewed the body and that was him, but his body was pretty well decomposed. I could tell that," Reeves said.
It's a tough pill to swallow, but perhaps a small piece of closure for the family.
Williams said, "They were glad they found him. They said they had been looking for him for the past month, searching that whole piece of creek there. They hadn't been able to find him. They were all real thankful."
The cause of death or how long the body had been there has not yet been determined. His body has been turned over to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy. It may be several days before those results are released.@