Body believed to be missing Clio man

Willie Pugh
Willie Pugh

BARBOUR CO., AL (WSFA) - The body of a black male found in Barbour County Tuesday night is believed to be that of a Clio  man who was reported missing on Saturday, January 14, 2012.

A positive identification has yet to be made, but authorities believe the remains belong to 27-year-old Willie Pugh. A week-long search for Pugh was called off Sunday after unsuccessful searches.

Sheriff LeRoy Upshaw said that the body was found in a wooded area on Sutton Dairy Rd. in Ariton. Upshaw said the body was located by a searcher just before nightfall on Tuesday January 24, 2012.

Lt. David Morris, lead investigator in the case said that the scene was processed and the body will be taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy. Investigators will be present at the autopsy to collect any evidence and attempt to make positive identification of the victim.

Sheriff Upshaw expressed his appreciation to Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson and his deputies, Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes and his deputies. Dothan Police Department Chief Of Police Greg Benton and his officers, Barbour County District Attorney Investigator Lee Hamm, Barbour County Coroner Chip Chapman, the Barbour County Sheriff Office deputies and the searchers for everyone's assistance at the scene as well as the technical support.

Sheriff Upshaw stated he is not releasing any other details at this time so as not to compromise the case and for respect of the victim's family.

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